CHICAGO – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Chicago Bulls’ 103-78 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at the United Center:
Best performance: Joakim Noah gets this on a night when Bulls fans chanted “MVP” whenever he made a big play. And Noah made big plays all night. The Bulls 6-foot-11, 232-pound center made 9 of 14 shots and finished with game highs of 21 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots. He also had three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 30 minutes.
Worst performance: This goes to Michael Carter-Williams for the second consecutive game. This time, the rookie point guard finished with 10 points on 5 for 22 shooting and committed a game-high five turnovers. He did have a team-high five assists. But this was a huge difference from his 26-point and 10-assist performance in a 107-104 victory over the Bulls back on Nov. 2.
Best performance in a losing effort: You have to give this to Dewayne Dedmon. The 7-foot reserve center, who playing on a 10-day contract, made 4 of 5 shots en route to scoring a career-high eight points. He also finished with seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 16 minutes.
Best defensive performance: With four blocked shots and two steals, Noah is the only logical person to win this award. Twelve of his rebounds came on the defensive end.
Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Sixers’ three-point shooting for the second consecutive game? They made just 10.5 percent (2 of 19) of their three-point attempts. As a result, they went 4 for 39 in their last two games.
Best statistic: This award goes to the Bulls’ fast-break points. The Sixers are the team known for getting out and running. But Chicago had a 25-12 advantage in fast-break points.
Worst of the Worst: This has to go to Sixers reserve Tony Wroten suffering a game-ending sprained right ankle. The injury looked severe, one that could possibly sideline him for an extended time. However, the Sixers will only say that he’s day-to-day. Stayed tuned.
- Keith Pompey
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