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"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Pistons

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Detroit Pistons’ 114-104 victory over the 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center:

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Pistons

Detroit small forward Josh Smith became the third player in NBA history to finish with 22 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks, and four steals in a game.
Detroit small forward Josh Smith became the third player in NBA history to finish with 22 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks, and four steals in a game.

My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Detroit Pistons’ 114-104 victory over the 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: This award goes to Detroit’s Josh Smith.  The 6-foot-9 small forward is the latest opposing player to post a memorable performance against the Sixers. Smith had 22 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks and 4 steals to become the third player in NBA history to accomplish that feat in a game.  Kareem Abdul Jabbar (twice) and Hakeem Olajuwan were the others. Smith also made 2 three-pointers against the Sixers.

Worst performance: This goes to Brandon Davies, who at times, looked lost on the floor.  The Sixers reserve forward missed two of his three shots attempts en route to finishing with 2 points. Davies’ stat line of two rebounds and one turnovers didn’t look too bad for 10 minutes of action. However, he was overmatched, confused and hesitate near the basket. That led to his two missed shots and turnover.

Best defensive performance:  I want to give this to Andre Drummond. The Pistons center finished with a career-high six blocked shots. But it's hard to overlook Smith's five blocks and four steals. So Smith had to win this award.

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Best performance in a losing effort: Some could argue that Thaddeus Young deserves this award for finishing with a game-high 22 points. But I have to give it to Spencer Hawes. The 7-1 center finished with 16 points and team highs of 10 rebounds and 6 assists. He also led the Sixers with 3 made three-pointers. Yeah, I realize had some shortcomings on defense. But so did most of his teammates. 

Worst statistic: This goes to the Pistons only made 69.7 percent (23 of 33) of their foul shots.

 Best statistic: This award goes to Detroit’s floor record 25 offensive rebounds.

Worst of the Worst: This goes to the Sixers inability to grab rebounds. The Pistons held a 62-42 rebounding advantage over the smaller Sixers. Miss a shot and the Pistons would likely grab the rebound. If the Pistons missed a shot, they likely grabbed that too.

- Keith Pompey

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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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