WASHINGTON – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers 109-102 victory over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on Friday.
Best performance: Only a fool would give this award to anyone not named Thaddeus Young. Yes, he was simply that dominating. The Sixers power forward had a game-high 29 points to go with eight rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes, 12 seconds. He was impressive in the clutch, scoring 10 fourth-quarter points to help pull out the victory.
Worst performance: I had to give this award to Bradley Beal. The Wizards guard struggled through 4-for-18 shooting to finish with 10 points. He had 17 points in the Wizards’ season-opening loss to the Detroit Pistons. The guard also had more turnovers (five) than assists (three) and steal (one) combined.
Best defensive performance: Daniel Orton gets this award. The Sixers reserve center only saw 11:25 of action. But they were productive minutes, as he finished with a team-high three blocks.
Best performance in a losing effort: John Wall receives this because no other Wizard was worthy. The senior guard finished with a team-high 26 points to go with six assists and three steals. Fifteen of those points came in the first quarter on 6-for-6 shooting. But he gets this award because none of his teammates stepped when the Sixers shut him down.
Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers foul shooting. The made just 7 of 14, shooting 50 percent from the foul line.
Best statistic: This award goes the Sixers points in the paint. They outscored the Wizards, 74-54, in that category. Washington didn’t have any answer for what the Sixers did down low.
Worst of the Worst: You have to give this to Wall’s shooting in the final three quarters. He went 4-for-13 during that stretch while dealing with developing back spasms. He went from being the game’s most dominant player to Mr. Missing In Action.
Best of the Best: The Verizon Center atmosphere was the easy and obvious choice. Why? The DJ was the MAN, and the place was rocking.
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