"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Hawks
ATLANTA – This is my look at some of the best and worst performances from the Atlanta Hawks' 95-79 victory over the 76ers Wednesday night at Philips Arena.
Best performance: This goes to Kyle Korver. The Hawks shooting guard made 5 of 7 three-pointers en route to finishing with 17 points. Korver also three steals, two assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes, 41 minutes of action.
Worst performance: I had to give this to Michael Carter-Williams. On the positive side, the Sixers point guard finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and two blocked shots. However, he was a turnover waiting to happen. Carter-Williams had nine costly turnovers. On one play, he tried to dribble the ball behind his back only to have Jeff Teague steal the ball in the open court. Carter-Williams committed half of his team's 18 giveaways.
Best defensive performance: I'm giving this to Dennis Schroder. The Hawks reserve finished with a game-high four steals.
Best performance in a losing effort: Alexey Shved gets this by finishing with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting (3 of 5 three-pointers) in first game back after missing the last three with a left hip flexor strain.
Worst statistic: This award goes to the Sixers making just 59.1 percent on their foul shots.
Best statistic: I'm giving this to the Hawks holding a 52-39 rebounding advantage.
Worst of the Worst: This goes to the Hawks' lack of fans. The crowd was announced at 11,733. However, that probably was a stretch, as there were PLENTY of empty sections in the arena. The crazy thing is that Atlanta is off to one of its best starts in franchise history. Can you imagine what the crowd would look like if they were tanking like the Sixers?
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