"Best" & "Worst" awards: 76ers vs. Grizzlies

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Michael Carter-Williams, left, tries to steal the ball from Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) who drives against 76ers forward Jarvis Varnado (40) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (Mike Brown/AP)

MEMPHIS – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Memphis Grizzlies’ 117-95 victory over the 76ers Friday night at FedExForum: 

Best performance:  This was a tough one, because Mike Miller could have easily won this award. But Marc Gasol gets this for setting the tone.  The Grizzlies center finished with a game-high 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots in a little over three quarters of action. The 7-foot-1, 265-pounder scored 11 of his points in the first quarter on 5-for-6 shooting. Gasol was unstoppable and could have scored 40 points if he wanted to.

Worst performance: This goes to James Anderson on a night when Michael Carter-Williams missed eight of his final nine shots.  That’s because Anderson wasn’t aggressive while Carter-Williams contributed in other ways while struggling to make shots. Anderson finished with five points while attempting just four shots (making two). This was great opportunity for him to step up. Unfortunately for the Sixers, he did not.

Best defensive performance: Zach Randolph also gets this one.  The Grizzlies power forward blocked two shots, had a steal and grabbed 11 rebounds – seven on the defensive end.  All that more than made up for his shooting 4 of 12 to finish with 10 points.

Best performance by a Sixers: Thaddeus Young wins this award. The power forward finished with 18 points , four rebounds and three steals. Young shot 8-for-17 from the field and made two of his four three-point shots.

Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers foul shooting. They made 11 of 17 foul shots for 64.7 percent.

Best statistic: This goes to the Grizzlies shooting in the first quarter. They made 13 of 20 (65 percent) in the first 12 minutes.

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