My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers' 120-105 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: How could I not give this to Joel Embiid? The Sixers center scored 17 of his career-high 26 points in the first quarter. Embiid actually made his first four shots to score 10 of the Sixers' first 12 points. He ended up making 9 of 14 shots - including going 3-for-5 on three-pointers. The 7-foot-2, 276-pounder finished with seven rebounds and two blocks. If there was one flaw, it was his three turnovers.
Worst performance: I had to give this award to Marquese Chriss. The Suns power forward missed five of his seven field-goal attempts en route to finishing with six points. He also had three turnovers and just two rebounds.
Best defensive performance: T.J. McConnell gets this award. The Sixers reserve point guard had a co-team-high three steals while making things difficult for the Suns ball handlers to get into their offense during his 19 minutes, 25 seconds of action.
Best performance by a Sun: This was an easy one. Eric Bledsoe finished with a game-high 27 points. He made 12 of 24 shots and team-high six assists.
Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Sixers' turnovers. They were, once again, careless with the ball, committing 19 turnovers.
Best statistic: This award goes to the Sixers' three-point shooting. They made a franchise record tying 17 three-pointers.
Worst of the worst: I have to give this to the boos Robert Covington received after he missed his third consecutive shot attempt. Believe me I get that people have a right to boo. I also understand that he's struggling mightily, but it wasn't too long ago that fans were calling him 'Big Shot Rob.' Nowadays, he's getting bored after multiple missed shots. What happened to supporting the guy y'all put on an unrealistic pedestal during his first two seasons here?