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"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Nets

NEW YORK – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Brooklyn Nets’ 130-94 victory over the 76ers on Monday at the Barclays Center:

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Nets

(Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

NEW YORK – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Brooklyn Nets’ 130-94 victory over the 76ers on Monday at the Barclays Center: 

Best performance: This is the easy one, because Joe Johnson flat out destroyed and embarrassed the Sixers. He made eight three-pointers in the third quarter to tie the NBA record for three-pointers in a quarter set by Milwaukee's Michael Redd on Feb. 20, 2002. Johnson scored 29 of his game-high 37 points in the quarter. The Sixers are fortunate he sat out the fourth.

Worst performance:  This goes to Spencer Hawes. The Sixers center was a no-show, missing four of his five shots and was dominated by the Nets.  Hawes finished with two points, seven rebounds, a steal and a turnover. While he did rebound the ball, it’s hard to overlook his lack of offense.

Best performance in a losing effort:  This is an extremely tough one. But James Anderson gets the award even though he surrendered a portion of Johnson’s threes. (Yes, it was that type of night for the away team.) The reserve shooting guard had a team-high 17 points while making a team-best three three-pointers. He also finished with three rebounds, three assists, a steal and zero turnovers.

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Best defensive performanceKevin Garnett gets this award. The Nets power forward/center blocked a shot and had two steals in his 16 minutes of action.  He also finished with four rebounds – all defensive –in his limited action.

 Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Sixers’ fourth-quarter three-point shooting? They made just 1-for-7 (14.3 percent) in the final 12 minutes. Yes, I know the game was basically over. But shooting 14.3 percent is bad.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Nets’ three-point shooting. The Nets made 21 of 35 three-pointers to set a franchise record.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to the Sixers yielding 21 three-pointers for the second consecutive game. The Sixers also set an NBA record by giving up 15 or more three-pointers in six games in one season.

- Keith Pompey

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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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