Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Best" & "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Indiana Pacers 99-90 victory over the 76ers on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:

"Best" & "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Pacers

Gallery: Pacers 99, Sixers 90

INDIANAPOLIS – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Indiana Pacers 99-90 victory over the 76ers on Monday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: 

Best performance: Hollis Thompson gets this in a losing effort. The Sixers swingman scored a career-high tying 17 points  on 6-for-7 shooting from the field. He was 4 of 4 on three-pointers. The rookie also finished with six rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot. The Sixers would have won if he had more touches.

Worst performance: I have to give this to Evan Turner even thought he finished with seven rebounds. The Pacers reserve swingman made just 2 of 7 shots while finishing with four points against his former team. Early on, Turner appeared more focused on playfully yapping in the direction of the Sixers bench than scoring.

Best defensive performance: This award goes to David West. The Pacers power forward had two steals and blocked a shot. He finished with 12 rebounds – 10 defensively – and seven points.

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Best performance in a winning effort:  Lance Stephenson wins this award after producing a game-high 25 points and five rebounds. He made 7 of his first 9 shots en route to 19 first-half points.

Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers making just 11 of 20 foul shots (55 percent).

Best statistics: You have to give this to the Grizzlies’ 21 assists on 35 made shots. Nine of the 10 Sixers who played had a shot attempt.

 Worst of the Worst:  This goes to a bad stretch by Michael Carter-Williams after the Sixers pulled within three points with 2 minutes, 52 seconds left. Carter-Williams then missed a three-point attempts. Then he gave up a wide-open three-pointer to Greg Hill before turning the ball over with 1 minute, 23 seconds left.

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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