'Best' & 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Knicks

NEW YORK – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the New York Knicks’ 123-110 victory over the 76ers on Monday at Madison Square Garden: 

Best performance: Tim Hardaway Jr. wins this easily on a night when Michael Carter-Williams records a triple-double. Why? It’s because no one was better when in the clutch. The Knicks reserve guard made 5 of 7 three-pointers to finish with a game-high 28 points in just 29 minutes. The rookie scored eight of his 13 fourth-quarter points during the Knicks decisive 19-4 run.

Worst performance: Byron Mullens gets this award. The Sixers reserve center didn’t make the most of his four minutes of action. He didn’t grab a rebound or attempt a shot attempt. However, Mullens did turn the ball over twice and recorded a personal foul.

Best defensive performance: This award goes to Knicks reserve forward Jeremy Tyler even though four of his teammates recorded two steals. Tyler had a game-high two blocked shots to go with one steal. The 6-foot-10, 250-pounder also had five rebounds – four on the defensive end – to go with six points.

Best performance in a losing effort: Carter-Williams wins this award after producing 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He became the eighth player this season with more than one triple double. His previous one came against the Orlando Magic on Dec. 3. Carter-Williams’ leadership was perhaps his biggest contribution against the Knicks. The rookie showed that he can become the point guard the Sixers need him to be in the future.

Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers’ three-point shooting. They made just 22 percent (6-for-20) from beyond the arc.

Best statistics: You have to give this to the Sixers’ 26 assists on 43 made baskets. They had five players with at least three assists. 

Worst of the Worst:  The Sixers’ performance at the start of the fourth quarter. The Knicks went on a 19-4 run while the Sixers missed three of five shots and committed four turnovers in first 4 minutes, 22 seconds of the quarter.

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