'Best' & 'Worst' awards: 76ers vs. Bulls

Bulls center Joakim Noah, right, drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The Bulls won 91-81. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

CHICAGO – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Chicago Bulls 91-81 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at the United Center: 

Best performance: Perhaps I should just give this to Joakim Noah whenever the Sixers play Chicago. That’s because the Bulls’ 6-foot-11, 232-pound center swept this awards in this week’s two matchups. He finished with a game-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots this time. Noah was deadly from the foul line, making 8 of 9 shots. Whether on offense or defense, he always appeared to be in the right position. He did have five turnovers. But I’m going to overlook that.

Worst performance: I have to give this to James Nunnally, who’s on a 10-day contract with the Sixers. The reserve swingman missed all three of his shot attempts in 14 minutes, 32 seconds of action. He never got into a flow and was like an invisible man out there.

Best defensive performance: This award goes to Taj Gibson. The reserve forward finished with a game-high four blocks. He also had 16 points and 10 rebounds – six defensive.

Best performance in a losing effort:  Henry Sims wins this award after producing his second consecutive double-double. The center had 18 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.

Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers making just 1 of 20 three-point shots (5 percent). They missed their first 18.

Best statistics: You have to give this the Sixers shooting 90.9 percent (20 of 22) from the foul line.

 Worst of the Worst:  This goes to the Sixers’ losing streak reaching 24 games. They are now two losses away from the NBA record 26 straight by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.

Contact and follow Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.


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