"Best" & "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Brooklyn Nets
My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Brooklyn Nets' 94-87 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: Thad Young gets this on a night when the former Sixers standout returned to his old stomping ground. The Nets 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward made 9 of 15 shots and finished with game-high 21 points. He also nine rebounds, two steals, one block and a turnover in 35 minutes, 08 seconds.
Worst performance: This goes to JaKarr Sampson. The Sixers rookie finished with two points on 1 for 5 shooting – missing all three of his three-pointers – and had as many turnovers (two) and rebounds (two) while starting at small forward.
Best performance in a losing effort: You have to give this to Nerlens Noel. The 6-foot-11 rookie center made 7 of 10 shots en route to scoring a team-high 17 points. He also finished with seven rebounds and a two blocked shots. Noel did have five turnovers. But that was his only flaw.
Best defensive performance: Noel also gets this award on a night when his teammate Jerami Grant had a team-high three blocked shots. That's because he did a solid job on Brooklyn center Brook Lopez. Lopez finished with 10 points on 2-for-7 shooting. He also had four turnovers.
Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Sixers' three-point shooting? They made just 21.6 percent (8 of 37) of their three-point attempts. That's a lot of misses.
Best statistic: This award goes to the Sixers' second-chance points. They outscored Brooklyn 24-11 in that category.
Worst of the Worst: The Sixers attempting 37 three-pointers on a night when shots weren't falling.
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