Best and worst awards: Sixers vs. Pistons

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Michael Carter-Williams in action against the Pistons. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

My look at some of the best and worst performances from the 76ers 123-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center: 

Best performance: How can you give this award to someone other than Michael Carter-Williams? The Sixers point guard had a solid all-around game. He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot. The Sixers followed the rookie’s lead as he scored 11 first-quarter points on 4-for-6 shooting.  Carter-Williams went on to make just two of his final eight shot attempts. But he made up for that by going 8-for-10 from the foul line.

Worst performance: There were plenty of Pistons, who deserved this award. But I’m giving it to Brandon Jennings for letting his team down by running the mouth. The Detroit point guard received two technical fouls and was thrown out of the game with 1 minute, 18 seconds left in the first quarter. At that point, it became obvious that this wouldn’t be the Pistons’ night. He finished with two points on 1-for-5 shooting to go with three rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Best defensive performance: This was easy. Jarvis Varnado displayed the defensive presence that enabled him stay on with the Sixers for the remainder of the season. The former NBA Development League player was a pest, blocking a career-high six shots. The reserve power forward also finished with a career-high nine points in 20 minutes, 56 seconds of action.

Best performance in a losing effort:  Greg Monroe gets this award. The Pistons power forward finished with 20 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Unfortunately for Detroit, he was one of the only Pistons that played with a pulse.

Worst statistic: This award goes to the Pistons shooting 6-for-21 (28.6 percent) from three-point land.

Best statistic: You have to give this to Tony Wroten’s game-high nine assists. The Sixers normally score-first backup point guard did a great job of finding his teammates and running the offense.

Worst of the Worst:  This goes to the Pistons for giving up.  The only time they showed emotion was when they were arguing with referees. It’s obvious that they can’t wait for the season to end. This team has MAJOR problems, folks.

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