76ers-Pelicans best/worst: Moore, Thompson, second-quarter blues
The best and worst performances from the New Orleans Pelicans' 108-93 victory over the 76ers on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: This was an extremely tough one. I had to give this to E'Twaun Moore despite Anthony Davis finishing with game highs of 31 points and 16 rebounds to go with two blocked shots. Moore, who finished with 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, was the one who made the biggest difference in the key part of the game. Ten of the reserve guard's points came on 4-for-5 shooting as the Pelicans outscored the Sixers, 42-21, in the second quarter to break the game open.
Worst performance: This has to go to Hollis Thompson. The Sixers reserve guard missed both of his field-goal attempts en route to being held scoreless in 9 minutes, 31 seconds of action. He also graded out with a game-worst minus-18.
Best defensive performance: This goes to Davis for putting the clamps on Sixers power forward/center Joel Embiid. Embiid finished with 11 points, made just 4 of 12 shots and was out of sync for the entire game. For one of the few times this season, Embiid was unable to overpower his opponent.
Best performance by a Sixer: This award goes to T.J. McConnell. The Sixers reserve point guard wasn't the reason for the 15-point loss. He finished with a game-high three steals and was part of the reason his counterpart, Tim Frazier, had a game-worst five turnovers. McConnell also had a solid all-around night with 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting and a team-high five assists. He did, however, commit two turnovers.
Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Pelicans as foul shooters. They made 18 of 26 for 69.2 percent.
Best statistic: This award goes to the Pelicans as three-point shooters. They made 10 of 17 for 58.8 percent.
Worst of the worst: This goes to the Sixers being outscored 42-21 in the second quarter. The 42 points were the most points they surrendered in one quarter this season.