Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Best" & "Worst" awards: 76ers vs. Hawks

ATLANTA – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Atlanta Hawks 103-95 victory over the 76ers Monday night at Philips Arena:

"Best" & "Worst" awards: 76ers vs. Hawks

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Hawks guard Lou Williams and Paul Millsap. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP)
Hawks guard Lou Williams and Paul Millsap. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP)

ATLANTA – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Atlanta Hawks 103-95 victory over the 76ers Monday night  at  Philips Arena: 

Best performance: This was a tough one. Make that an extremely tough one. But I had to give this to Lou Williams despite Paul Millsap finishing with game highs of 28 points and 17 rebounds for the Hawks. Williams, however, is the one who led Atlanta to victory. His floater with 2 minutes, 26 seconds left put the Hawks up two points, 94-92. Then the former Sixer hit a three-pointer on Atlanta’s next possession to give his squad a five-point cushion. And the reserve guard capped his personal 8-3 run over the Sixers with a three-pointer to make it a 100-95 game with 1:12 to play. Williams scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Worst performance: This has to go to Casper Ware. The Sixers reserve guard, who’s on a 10-day contract, missed all five of his field-goal attempts en route to being held scoreless. He also finished with two personal fouls, a steal and a turnover in 14 minutes, 12 seconds of action.

Best defensive performance: This award goes to Thaddeus Young. The Sixers power forward had a game-high four steals to go with three blocked shots. Young also finished with a team-high 23 points and three rebounds – all on the defensive end – and four assists.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Young also wins this award. The seventh-year veteran made a game-high five three-pointers on six attempts. He made 7 of 10 shot attempts, overall.

Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Sixers’ foul shooting, once again. They made just 12 of 20 free throws (60 percent).

Best statistic: This award goes to the Hawks’ bench points. Atlanta’s reserves outscored the Sixers, 41-24.

Worst of the Worst:  This award goes to the Hawks supporters, who didn’t show up. The official attendance was 11,096. That had to be a stretch. So much for showing support for the home team locked in a playoff race.

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

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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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