Sixers-Nets observations, 'best' and 'worst' awards: Robert Covington's heroics and Joel Embiid's milestones

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Sixers' Joel Embiid goes up for a shot with Nets' Jahlil Okafor during the 3rd quarter at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Friday, March 16, 2018. Sixers beat the Nets 120-116.

Here are my main takeaways and “best” and “worst” awards from the 76ers’ 120-116 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Five observations

  • Philly is an assist machine. The Sixers had 30 assists on 43 made baskets against the Nets. This marked their 20th consecutive game with 20-plus assists. That’s the team’s longest streak since the Sixers did in 24 straight games from Nov. 24, 1992 to Jan. 13, 1993.
  • JJ Redick has some company. Joel Embiid went 11-for-11 from the foul line against the Nets. As a result, he joined Redick as the only Sixers to make at least 11 free throws and shoot 100 percent doing so since 2007.
  • Embiid also became the ninth NBA player this season with at least 100 blocks. The all-star center blocked two and has 101 on the season with 14 games remaining.
  • Ben Simmons has something in common with Allen Iverson. Simmons had 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds against the Nets. This was the 18th time Simmons had at least 10 assists in a game, tying him with Iverson for the most by a Sixers rookie.
  • Justin Anderson showed why he deserves to play. The Sixers reserve swingman matched his career high in three-pointers made with three while scoring 11 points.

“Best” and “worst” awards

  • Best performance: This goes to Robert Covington on a night when Embiid had 24 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and Simmons being two rebounds shy of his third straight triple-double. Covington was Mr. Efficient. He had 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting – including going 2 of 3 on three-pointers. His three-pointer with 35.9 seconds left gave the Sixers a 116-115 advantage and lead for good.
  • Worst performance: This was easy. It goes to D’Angelo Russell. The Nets point guard had eight points while missing 11 of his 14 shots.
  • Best defensive performance: Embiid gets this with his two blocks and one steal.
  • Worst statistic: This goes to the Nets’ five fast-break points.
  • Best statistic: I had to give this to the Sixers’ committing a season-low five turnovers.
  • Worst of the worst: This goes to the Sixers’ second-quarter shooting. They shot 38.5 percent (10 of 26). Embiid was 0-for-6 from the field.