Thursday, February 11, 2016

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

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the 76ers 123-117 victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center:

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

76ers guard James Anderson had a career night against the Rockets, his old team. (Matt Slocum/AP)
76ers guard James Anderson had a career night against the Rockets, his old team. (Matt Slocum/AP)

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the 76ers 123-117 victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center:

Best performance: Any person in his right mind knows James Anderson wins this by a landslide. The Sixers 6-foot-6 shooting guard flat out dominated the team that waived him back in July. Anderson made 6 of 8 three-pointers while scoring a career-high 36 points. His biggest basket was the three-pointer he made with 6.9 seconds left to force overall.

Worst performance: Averaging 10.8 points, Rockets reserve Francisco Garcia was supposed to create matchup problems. But the guard was held scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting in 20 minutes, 10 seconds.

Best performance in a losing effort: Houston’s Jeremy Lin gets this award after scoring a season-high 34 points. Lin, who started in place of James Harden, set a WFC floor record with nine three-pointers. He also had a game-high 12 assists.

More coverage
VOTE: How many games will the 76ers this season?
POLL: What should the 76ers do at the trade deadline?
Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
Forum: Does Hinkie have 76ers on right track?
Buy 76ers jerseys, memorabilia, and other gear
Latest Sixers videos

Best defensive performance: How can you not give it to Houston’s Dwight Howard? In addition to his 23 points, game-high 15 rebounds and six assists, the 6-11 power forward had a game-high six blocked shots and two steals. His presence also led to Sixers power forward Thaddeus Young struggling from the field (15 points on 5-for-15 shooting).

Worst statistic:  This goes to the Rockets’ fourth-quarter three-point shooting. Some might argue that their six fourth-quarter turnovers enabled the Sixers to battle back from a 10-point deficit. But the Rockets couldn’t convert a perimeter basket in the last quarter of regulation, going 0-for-7.

Best statistic: This had to go the Sixers’ fourth-quarter three-point shooting performance. They shot 66.7 percent (6 of 9) from beyond to arc to get back into the game.

Best of the Best: This goes to the 11,671 Sixers fans, who attended the game. Late in the contest, they were very vocal and gave their squad a much-needed lift.

Best accomplishment: Sixers point guard Tony Wroten made NBA history while starting in place of Michael Carter-Williams, who missed the game with a foot injury. Wroten finished with 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to become the first player in NBA history to record a triple double in his first start.

He became the first player in NBA history to post a triple-double in his first start

Worst of the worst: The Rockets approach to the game. Houston thought they could rest key players and still defeat the Sixers.  Like the Heat, the Rockets learned that doesn’t always work. Houston sat Harden and didn’t start center Omer Asik, the team’s second-leading rebounder. The 7-footer played just 4:22.

Follow and contact Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

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.

Keith Pompey Staff Writer
Marc Narducci Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter