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

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Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Toronto Raptors’ 104-95 victory over the 76ers on Friday at Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan finished with a game-high 34 points on 10 for 22 shooting. Sixteen of his points came in the fourth quarter. His first seven of the quarter gave the Raptors some breathing room.

 Worst performance: Sixers reserve center Dewayne Dedmon scored three points had one rebound and one assist in 12 minutes. Yeah, I know it’s a reach. But someone had to win this award.

Best performance in a losing effort: Reserve swingman Hollis Thompson made 6 of 7 shots en route to finishing 15 points. He made both of his three-point attempts and his lone foul shot. And Thompson grabbed nine rebounds in 24 minutes.

Best defensive performance:  Raptors power forward Amir Johnson had a game-high two blocked shots and steal.  All seven of his rebounds came on the defensive end.

 Worst statistic: The Raptors had five turnovers in third quarter.

Best statistic: The Sixers shot  81.3 percent (13 of 16) from the foul line.

Worst of the Worst:  The Sixers missed six consecutive shots during a key stretch in the fourth quarter. Taking advantage, the Raptors turned a four-point margin with 9 minutes, 24 seconds left into a 13-point cushion with 4:47 remaining.

- Keith Pompey

Follow and contact Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers  

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