SACRAMENTO, Calif. – This is my look at some of the best and worst performances from the Sacramento Kings' 102-100 victory over the 76ers Monday night at Golden 1 Center.
Best performance: How could I not give this to DeMarcus Cousins? The Kings power forward/center scored 12 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter. Perhaps none were bigger than his three-pointer that gave the Suns a 99-97 lead with 20.9 seconds remaining. That basket gave them the lead for good. He also blocked Joel Embiid’s potential game-winning three-pointer with 3.8 seconds left. In addition to another 30-point performance, Cousins finished with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
Worst performance: I had to give this to Jahlil Okafor. Some may argue, stating that the Sixers center scored six points on 3-for-5 shooting. However, the 6-foot-265-pounder was a huge liability on the defensive end. With him in the game, the Sixers defense resembled a layup line and Kings scored at will on Okafor. He always appeared to be out of position or flat out overpowered on defense. The second-year player graded out at a minus-nine.
Best defensive performance: Cousins also wins this award. It’s hard to overlook his team highs of three steal and two blocks. Five of his rebounds also came on the defensive end.
Best performance by a Sixer: Embiid gets this award. The Sixers power forward/center finished with a team-high 25 points. He also had eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and eight turnovers. While those turnovers were glaring, Embiid was the main reason the Sixers were in the game
Worst statistic: This award goes to the Embiid’s eight turnovers.
Best statistic: I’m giving this to Sergio Rodriguez’s shooting. The Sixers point guard shot 7-for-9 from the field en route to finishing with 18 points. He was very efficient from the field.
Worst of the Worst: You can’t give this to anything other than the Sixers utilizing the twin tower set of Embiid and Okafor in the first half. Embiid mainly played power forward when the two were paired together. Taking advantage of his absence, the Kings scored 34 points in the paint in the first half.