My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Toronto Raptors’ 108-98 victory over the 76ers on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: How can you not give this award to Spencer Hawes? Sure Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan produced a game-high 33 points to lead the Raptors to victory. But anyone who witnessed the game realizes that Hawes was the standout. The Sixers center finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot while starting at power forward in Thaddeus Young’s absence due to personal reasons. Hawes made 10 of 13 shots (3 of 4 three-point attempts) and 5 of 6 free throws.
Worst performance: It seems unfair to give this to Michael Carter-Williams, considering his team highs of six assists and two blocked shots. But the 6-foot-6 point guard’s 2 of 10 shooting and game-high 6 turnovers were hard to overlook. While he finished with 10 points, Carter-Williams was out of rhythm after missing the previous four games with a left foot arch bruise.
Best defensive performance: This was a tough one, but Toronto’s Rudy Gay gets this award after blocking two shots. Both of his blocked shots – on a James Anderson layup and an Evan Turner jumper – came in the second quarter when the game was still competitive. The swingman also grabbed 8 rebounds – all on the defensive end.