Sunday, February 14, 2016

'Best' &'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Golden State Warriors’ 123-80 victory over the 76ers on Monday night at Oracle Arena:

'Best' &'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Warriors

The Warriors´ Marreese Speights (5) . (AP Photo)
The Warriors' Marreese Speights (5) . (AP Photo)

OAKLAND, Calif.  – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Golden State Warriors’ 123-80 victory over the 76ers on Monday night at Oracle Arena: 

Best performance: It would be insane to not give this award to Marreese Speights.  His career-high 32 points are the most by a Golden State reserve since Anthony Morrow scored 35 on April  2, 2010. The 6-foot-10 post player made 12 of 15 shots, had eight rebounds and three blocked shots against his former team.  He basically did whatever he wanted to do. Speights was so dominant that Warriors fans were chanting “MVP!” when he touched the ball after intermission. 

Worst performance: This has to go James Anderson. The Sixers shooting guard missed five of his six field-goal attempts en route to scoring two points. He also finished with just one rebounds. This was a game Anderson would love to forget..

Best defensive performance: This award goes to  Warriors power forward Draymond Green. He had a game-high four blocked shots to go with a steal. Green also finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds – 10 on the defensive end – in 28 minutes.

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Best performance in a losing effort: On a night when Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 24 points, Evan Turner wins this award after producing 12 points.. Turner didn’t put up any eye-popping. However, he was the most consistent Sixer.

Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers’ three-point shooting. They made just 2 of 17 attempts (11.8 percent).

Best statistic: This award goes Speights’ field-goal and free-throw shooting.  In addition to making 12 of 15 shots, he went 7 of 8 from the foul line..

 Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to the Sixers’ losing by 40 plus points in consecutive games..There combine margin of loss was 88 points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau that’s the third largest total margin of defeat in consecutive game by any team in NBA history.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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