Sunday, July 5, 2015

'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Trail Blazers

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Portland Trail Blazers’ 139-105 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center:

'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers guard Dorell Wright reacts during the second half against the 76ers. (Chris Szagola/AP)
Trail Blazers guard Dorell Wright reacts during the second half against the 76ers. (Chris Szagola/AP)

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Portland Trail Blazers’ 139-105 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center:

Best performance:  Dorell Wright wins this by a landslide. The Blazers reserve forward flat out dominated his former team.  He made all five of his three-point attempts en route to finishing with 15 points in just 10 minutes of action. Talk about a happy homecoming for a player the Sixers didn’t attempt to resign this past summer.

Worst performance: This has to go to Evan Turner. The Sixers swingman scored just three points on 1-for-7 shooting. On the positive side, he did have four assists.  But Turner must score points in order the Sixers to win games.

Best performance in a losing effort: This is a tough one. But Thad Young gets this despite Tony Wroten finishing with 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds and a blocked shot. While Wroten made just 5 of 15 shots, Young hit 7 of 9 en route to finishing with 15 points. The Sixers power forward, who made his lone three-point attempt, also finished with five rebounds, an assist and a steal. Young’s shooting 77.7 percent could not be overlooked.

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Best defensive performance: Even though Sixers reserve point guard Lorenzo Brown had three steals and a block, this award goes to Robin Lopez. The Portland center finished with a game-high four blocks and a steal while playing only 27 minutes.

Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Sixers' third-quarter shooting. They made just 4 of 22 shots (18.2 percent) in the quarter. All that led to them being outscored 40-15 in the decisive quarter.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Blazers’ franchise-record 21 three-pointers. Unfortunately for the Sixers, that tied their record for the most three-pointers given up in a single game. They also surrendered 21 three-pointers against the Toronto Raptors on March 13, 2005.

Worst of the Worst:  This also has to do with the Sixers surrendering 21 threes. As a result, they tied an NBA record by giving up 15 or more three-pointers in five games in a single season, a mark held by the 2004-05 Los Angeles Lakers and the 2008-09 Toronto Raptors.

- 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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