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'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Bulls

CHICAGO – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Chicago Bulls’ 103-78 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at the United Center:

'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Bulls

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Bulls center Joakim Noah looks to a pass during the second half against the 76ers. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
Bulls center Joakim Noah looks to a pass during the second half against the 76ers. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

CHICAGO – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Chicago Bulls’ 103-78 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at the United Center: 

Best performance:  Joakim Noah gets this on a night when Bulls fans chanted “MVP” whenever he made a big play. And Noah made big plays all night.  The Bulls 6-foot-11, 232-pound center made 9 of 14 shots and finished with game highs of 21 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots. He also had three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 30 minutes. 

Worst performance:  This goes to Michael Carter-Williams for the second consecutive game. This time, the rookie point guard finished with 10 points on 5 for 22 shooting and committed a game-high five turnovers. He did have a team-high five assists. But this was a huge difference from his 26-point and 10-assist performance in a 107-104 victory over the Bulls back on Nov. 2.

Best performance in a losing effort:  You have to give this to Dewayne Dedmon. The 7-foot reserve center, who playing on a 10-day contract, made 4 of 5 shots en route to scoring a career-high eight points.  He also finished with seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 16 minutes.

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Best defensive performance:  With four blocked shots and two steals, Noah is the only logical person to win this award. Twelve of his rebounds came on the defensive end.

 Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Sixers’ three-point shooting for the second consecutive game?  They made just 10.5 percent (2 of 19) of their three-point attempts.  As a result, they went 4 for 39 in their last two games.

Best statistic: This award goes to the Bulls’ fast-break points. The Sixers are the team known for getting out and running. But Chicago had a 25-12 advantage in fast-break points.

Worst of the Worst:   This has to go to Sixers reserve Tony Wroten suffering a game-ending sprained right ankle. The injury looked severe, one that could possibly sideline him for an extended time. However, the Sixers will only say that he’s day-to-day. Stayed tuned.

-       Keith Pompey

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

 



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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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