Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Utah Jazz's 104-92 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

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

Utah Jazz´s Gordon Hayward (20) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers´ Spencer Hawes, left, and teammates Jeremy Pargo (0) and Lavoy Allen (50) look on in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes, left, and teammates Jeremy Pargo (0) and Lavoy Allen (50) look on in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Monday, March 25, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) AP

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Utah Jazz’s 104-92 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: This has to go to Gordon Hayward on a night when Sixers reserve Tony Wroten scored a career-high 30 points. Hayward gets this because he led the Jazz to victory. The 6-foot-8 shooting guard scored 13 of his team-high 22 points in the fourth quarter.  He scored eight on those points on two three-point plays and a dunk in the final 57.8 seconds.

Worst performance: Arnett Moultrie gets this award. The Sixers reserve center/power forward played with a little bit more emotion than in games past. However, he was far from a factor in his 7 minutes, 19 seconds of action.  Moultrie did make his lone shot attempt to score two points. But he also had two turnovers, two fouls and just one rebound.

Best defensive performance: Even though Utah center Derrick Favors had a game-high three blocked shots, this award goes to Michael Carter-Williams. The Sixers rookie point guard lived in Utah’s passing lanes, swiping a game-high five turnovers. He also blocked one shot and four points (a season-low on 2-for-13 shooting), nine assists and seven rebounds.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Wroten wins this award after producing his 30 points on 12 of 15 shooting. All but two of his shots attempts – both three-point misses – came in the paint. The reserve point guard also made 6 of 8 foul shots and had four steals to go with three turnovers

Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Sixers being outrebounded 30-13 in the second half.

Best statistics: This award goes to the Sixers recording 13 steals and forcing 20 turnovers

Worst of the Worst:  The Sixers’ three-point shooting woes continue. They shot 22.7 percent (5-for-22) against the Jazz.  The Sixers are shooting an average of 25.1 percent from beyond the arc in the last eight games. They haven’t shot any better than 33.3 percent during that stretch.

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



About this blog

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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