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

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Indiana Pacers’ 101-94 victory over the 76ers on Friday at Wells Fargo Center:

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

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Indiana Pacers’ 101-94 victory over the 76ers on Friday at Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: This award goes to Lance Stephenson on a night when former Sixers Lavoy Allen and Evan Turner faced their old teammates for the first time. Stephenson scored 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting. The shooting guard also grabbed 12 rebounds – all defensive – and had four assists. This was the New York native’s 18th double-double of the season.

Worst performance: This was a tough one, because there weren’t any liabilities on the court. So it’s kind of unfair to give this award out. But since I have to, I’m giving it to Henry Sims.  The Sixers  center made just  2 of 8 shots en route to finishing with six points.

Best defensive performance: This goes to Roy Hibbert. The Pacers center had a game-high five blocked shots to go with one steal.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Some will argue that Thad Young deserves this award after producing 25 points and a career-high 10 assists. However, his points came off of 31 shot attempts.  So this award goes to the more efficient Byron Mullens. The 7-foot reserve center scored 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting. He was 3 of 5 on three-point attempts. Mullens also had two steals and five rebounds.

Worst statistic: This award goes to the Pacers’ 22 turnovers.

Best statistic: You have to give this to the Sixers’ 25 assists on 35 made baskets.

Worst of the Worst:  The Sixers’ performance after pulling within three points (93-90) with 2 minutes, 31 seconds remaining. They went on to miss their final six shot attempts.

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

About this blog

Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

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.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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