SALT LAKE CITY – This is my look at some of the best and worst performances from the Utah Jazz's 95-91 victory over the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Monday.
Best performance: This goes to Ish Smith on a night when Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward finished with a game-high 24 points. But Smith was the reason why the Sixers battled back from a 21-point second-quarter deficit. The Sixers point guard finished with 22 points to go with a game-high 11 assists, two steals and six turnovers. Eleven of his points came in the third quarter. He also forced overtime, but his shot with 1.9 seconds left bounced off the bench.
Worst performance: I had to give this to Nik Stauskas. The Sixers reserve guard missed all six of his shots en route tto being held scoreless in 25 minutes, 23 seconds.
Best defensive performance: Nerlens Noel wins this award after finishing with five blocked shots. He also had two steals. The Sixers center also finished with 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting to six rebounds and four turnovers.
Best performance by a Jazz player: Hayward gets this. He was clutch from the foul line, making 10 of 11 free throws. He also had six rebounds and a team-high four assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
Worst statistic: This award goes to the Utah's shooting in the last three quarters. The Jazz only made 16 field goals over that stretch after making 12 in the first quarter.
Best statistic: I'm giving this to the Sixers points in the paint. They outscored the Jazz 52-24 in the paint.
Worst of the Worst: This award goes to the Stauskas, Isaiah Canaan (1 of 6) and Hollis Thompson (1-6) combining to shoot 2-18 for the Sixers.