"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Wizards
WASHINGTON – Here is my look at some of the best and worst performances from the Washington Wizards' 106-93 victory over the 76ers at the Verizon Center Wednesday night:
Best performance: Marcin Gortat gets this for being the newest member of the group of players who have dominated the Sixers. The 6-foot-11 center shot 10-for-11 en route to finishing with a team-high 23 points. He also had a game-high 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Gortat made everything look easy in what was his 20th double-double of the season.
Worst performance: This goes to JaKarr Sampson. The Sixers shooting guard was held scoreless after missing both of his shots. He also finished with one rebound and a turnover in 8 minutes, 20 seconds of action.
Best performance in a losing effort: Nerlens Noel gets this even though he was far from the highest scoring Sixer. The rookie center had his team's best all-around game in route to producing his 18th double-double of the season. He finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Best defensive performance: This goes to Gortat. In addition to his two blocked shots, 11 of his 14 rebounds came on the defensive end.
Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Wizards turnovers? They committed 18 on the night with the Sixers scoring 25 points off them.
Best statistic: This award goes to the Wizard shooting. They made 44 of 76 (57.9 percent) from the field.
Worst of the Worst: Isaiah Canaan's game-ending injury. The reserve point guard suffered what the Sixers originally labeled a game-ending right ankle sprain with around 4 minutes, 44 seconds left. He made four three-pointers to finish with 18 points. Canaan was on crutches after the game.
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