The 76ers led by as many as nine points in the first half but couldn't sustain the momentum in Wednsday's 101-90 loss to the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center. Here is my look at the best and worst performances of the game.
Best performance: Celtics forward Brandon Bass had a game-high 23 points, but teammate Jared Sullinger made the greater impact. Sullinger had 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter when the Celtics sealed the game by outscoring the Sixers 28-22. For the game, he shot 10 of 15 from the field with a three-pointer and had nine rebounds and four assists.
Worst performance: It was only his fourth game back, but Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams played tentatively in the first three quarters before scoring seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. For the game he shot 4 of 13, had five assists but also four turnovers.
Best defensive performance: Guard Marcus Thornton came off the bench to score 13 points, but he also was a pest on defense. In a little more than 20 minutes, he was a +11 on the court. In addition, Thornton made four steals which helped the Celtics transition game.
Best performance in a losing effort: K.J. McDaniels played just 11 minutes and eight seconds, but he scored eight points, hitting all three field goal attempts and both foul shots in addition to grabbing two rebounds. He was the only Sixers player who had a positive plus-minus, with a +4. Even coach Brett Brown admitted that maybe he could have played McDaniels more than he did. Nobody would disagree with that assessment.
Worst statistic: The Sixers allowed Boston 24 transition points, including 19 in the second half.
Best statistic: The Celtics had 32 assists on 41 field goals. Rajon Rondo, even though he had six turnovers, had a game-high 13 assists and played under control.
Worst of the worst: It has to be the 0-11 record. No doubt the Sixers are pressing with each loss. Of the 11 losses, eight have been by 10 or more points.
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