"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. – This is my look at some of the best and worst performances from the Golden State Warriors' 126-86 victory over the 76ers at Oracle Arena Tuesday night.
Best performance: This is an easy one. Like in last season's game here, Marreese Speights showed the Sixers why it was a bad decision to trade him to the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 4, 2012 as part of a three-team trade. The Warriors center finished with a game-high 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting. He also had four rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots in just 23 minutes, 39 seconds of action. Speights scored a career-high 32 points against the Sixers last season.
Worst performance: This has to go to Michael Carter-Williams . The Sixers point guard missed six of his seven field-goal attempts en route to scoring four points. Carter-Williams did have a team-high six assists and three steals. But he shooting was hard to overlook. Last season's rookie of the year is 3-for-27 in the last two games.
Best defensive performance: It would be foolish to give this award to anyone other than Draymond Green. The Warriors power forward had a game-high four steals and blocked three shots. Green also finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds – eight defensive – in the lopsided game.
Best performance in a losing effort: I decided to give this award to Henry Sims. The Sixers power forward finished with 19 points on 9-for-13 shooting and had seven rebounds. He had a solid performance.
Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers committed 28 turnovers.
Best statistic: This award goes to the Warriors blocking 11 shots.
Worst of the Worst: This goes to the Sixers giving up 43 points on 28 turnovers.
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