TORONTO – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Toronto Raptors' 108-100 victory over the 76ers on Friday at the Air Canada Centre:
Best performance: Any person in his right mind knows Terrence Ross is the runaway winner of this award. Making his second start of the season, the Raptors swingman scored a season-high 24 points while making 4 of 7 three-pointers. Ross set the tempo, scoring 12 of his points in the first quarter. He also finished with five rebounds and blocked a shot.
Worst performance: This goes to Lorenzo Brown. The Sixers reserve point guard was held scoreless after missing both of his shot attempts. He also had more turnovers (three) than assists (two) in his 10 minutes of action.
Best performance in a losing effort: This is an easy one, because Tony Wroten was on fire at times. The Sixers point guard made 5 of 8 three-pointers en route to scoring a career-high-tying 24 points. Not bad for player, who came into the contest shooting 19.4 percent on three-pointers.
Best defensive performance: Spencer Hawes gets this award. The Sixers center had a game-high four blocked shots and steal. The 7-foot-1, 245-pounder only finished with three rebounds. But, hey, that doesn't hinder him from winning this award.
Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Sixers' first-quarter turnovers? They turned the ball over six times in the first 12 minutes.
Best statistic: This award goes to the Raptors' first-quarter shooting. They shot 66.7 percent (14 of 21) in the first 12 minutes to jump out on the Sixers. All that led to them taking a 36-21 advantage into second quarter.
Worst of the Worst: This award goes to the Sixers yielding 36 first-quarter points. Often times, defenders were out of position or appeared to be a step too slow. As a result, Ross was able to do basically whatever he wanted in the first 12 minutes.