My look at some of the best and worst performances from the 76ers 123-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: How can you give this award to someone other than Michael Carter-Williams? The Sixers point guard had a solid all-around game. He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot. The Sixers followed the rookie’s lead as he scored 11 first-quarter points on 4-for-6 shooting. Carter-Williams went on to make just two of his final eight shot attempts. But he made up for that by going 8-for-10 from the foul line.
Worst performance: There were plenty of Pistons, who deserved this award. But I’m giving it to Brandon Jennings for letting his team down by running the mouth. The Detroit point guard received two technical fouls and was thrown out of the game with 1 minute, 18 seconds left in the first quarter. At that point, it became obvious that this wouldn’t be the Pistons’ night. He finished with two points on 1-for-5 shooting to go with three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Best defensive performance: This was easy. Jarvis Varnado displayed the defensive presence that enabled him stay on with the Sixers for the remainder of the season. The former NBA Development League player was a pest, blocking a career-high six shots. The reserve power forward also finished with a career-high nine points in 20 minutes, 56 seconds of action.