'Best' and 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Trail Blazers
My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Portland Trail Blazers' 139-105 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: Dorell Wright wins this by a landslide. The Blazers reserve forward flat out dominated his former team. He made all five of his three-point attempts en route to finishing with 15 points in just 10 minutes of action. Talk about a happy homecoming for a player the Sixers didn't attempt to resign this past summer.
Worst performance: This has to go to Evan Turner. The Sixers swingman scored just three points on 1-for-7 shooting. On the positive side, he did have four assists. But Turner must score points in order the Sixers to win games.
Best performance in a losing effort: This is a tough one. But Thad Young gets this despite Tony Wroten finishing with 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds and a blocked shot. While Wroten made just 5 of 15 shots, Young hit 7 of 9 en route to finishing with 15 points. The Sixers power forward, who made his lone three-point attempt, also finished with five rebounds, an assist and a steal. Young's shooting 77.7 percent could not be overlooked.
Best defensive performance: Even though Sixers reserve point guard Lorenzo Brown had three steals and a block, this award goes to Robin Lopez. The Portland center finished with a game-high four blocks and a steal while playing only 27 minutes.
Worst statistic: You have to give this to the Sixers' third-quarter shooting. They made just 4 of 22 shots (18.2 percent) in the quarter. All that led to them being outscored 40-15 in the decisive quarter.
Best statistic: This award goes to the Blazers' franchise-record 21 three-pointers. Unfortunately for the Sixers, that tied their record for the most three-pointers given up in a single game. They also surrendered 21 three-pointers against the Toronto Raptors on March 13, 2005.
Worst of the Worst: This also has to do with the Sixers surrendering 21 threes. As a result, they tied an NBA record by giving up 15 or more three-pointers in five games in a single season, a mark held by the 2004-05 Los Angeles Lakers and the 2008-09 Toronto Raptors.
- Keith Pompey
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