NEW YORK – This is my look at some of the best and worst performances from the Brooklyn Nets 88-70 victory over the 76ers Friday night at the Barclays Center.
Best performance: I had to give this to Mason Plumlee. The Nets center went straight Beastmode on the Sixers post players. Plumlee finished with season highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds. He made 9 of 15 shots and had two steals in 35 minutes, 5 seconds.
Worst performance: This goes to Nerlens Noel even though he left the game with 6 minutes, 55 seconds left due to having a left foot callous. The Sixers rookie post player was held scoreless after missing all eight of his field-goal attempts. He also committed a game-high five turnovers to go with six rebounds and one blocked shot.
Best defensive performance: I'm giving this to Cory Jefferson. The Nets reserve forward finished with a game-high three blocks.
Best performance in a losing effort: Robert Covington gets this by finishing with 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting – all on three-pointers – in the Sixers swingman's first game in the starting lineup. His made three-pointers were his career best. Covington also had a career-best three steals, a career-high tying six rebounds and a blocked shot.
Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers making just 9 of 33 shot attempts in the paint.
Best statistic: I'm giving this to the Sixers making 8 of 14 first-half three-pointers.
Worst of the Worst: This goes to the Sixers making just 11 two-point field goals to set the NBA record for the fewest two-point field goals in the shot-clock era, which dates back to the 1963-64 season.