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

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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.

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
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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

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