INDIANAPOLIS – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Indiana Pacers’ 106-98 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:
Best performance: Once again, this was a tough one, because Michael Carter-Williams produced another stellar performance. Yet, it goes to Roy Hibbert. The Pacers center dominated the Sixers. He had a season-best 27 points after making 13 of 16 foul shots. The Georgetown product also finished with 13 rebounds and six blocked shots. Both were game highs. Hibbert was clutch late, making 6 of 7 free throws en route to scoring eight points in the fourth quarter.
Worst performance: This has to go to Luis Scola. The Pacers reserve forward missed all four of his field-goal attempts en route to finishing with three points. Let’s just say that, if not for foul shooting, this would have been a game he would want to forget.
Best defensive performance: Hibbert gets this award. In addition to blocking six shots, the 7-foot-2, 290-pounder grabbed 10 defensive rebounds.
Best performance in a losing effort: Carter-Williams wins this award after producing a career-best 29 points on 11-for-21 shooting. The rookie point guard’s performance was highlighted by three dunks. Carter-Williams also had a game-high seven steals to go with six rebounds, three assists and just two turnovers to go with blocking a Hibbert shot.
Worst statistic: You must give this to the Sixers’ three-point shooting. They made just 4 of 25 three-pointers (16 percent).
Best statistic: This award goes to the Pacers’ foul shooting. Indiana made 31 of 38 (81.6 percent) from free-throw line.
Worst of the Worst: The numerous no-calls when the Sixers were being hacked by the Pacers. On one play Elliot Williams attempted a nice reverse layup underneath the basket and was drilled by Hibbert and nothing was called. That was just one of many instances.
- Keith Pompey
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