OAKLAND, Calif. — Here are my key takeaways and "best" and "worst" awards from the 76ers' 135-114 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night at Oracle Arena.

Five observations

  • The 76ers aren't as good as their previous five-game winning streak suggested. Nor are they as bad as their 21-point loss to the Warriors would make you think. They were just a solid young team being schooled by a squad boasting four NBA all-stars. The Sixers played hard and showed glimpses of why they are receiving plenty of hype. However, their transition defense doomed them: The Warriors scored 32 transition points.
  • Joel Embiid's bravado was used against him on this night. Looking for motivation, Kevin Durant yapped at Embiid after being fouled by the Sixers center with 2 minutes, 28 seconds left in the first quarter. Embiid responded. Both players received technical fouls. Energized, Durant went on to light up the Sixers.
  • Justin Anderson should have played more. The reserve swingman finished with eight points on 3-for-4 shooting. He made both of his three-pointers and had six rebounds in 16:01 of action.
  • The Sixers might be phasing out Amir Johnson now that Richaun Holmes is getting into game shape. Johnson signed a one-year, $11 million deal with the Sixers in July. However, Saturday marked the first time he didn't play in a regular-season game since Jan. 11 of last season as a Boston Celtic. Friday's DNP  came after he played just 6:47 against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.
  • Barring injury setbacks, Embiid is at least a month away from being the player we witnessed playing at a high level last season. Being over his ideal weight and out of game shape is noticeable on the floor.

‘Best’ and ‘Worst’ awards

  • Best performance: How could I give this to anyone not named Durant?  The Warriors' all-star forward finished with a game-high 29 points in just three quarters of action. He made 11 of 18 field goals, including 3 of 6 three-pointers, to go with two steals and two blocked shots.
  • Worst performance:  This was a tough one. I decided to give it to Robert Covington on a night when teammates Embiid and Ben Simmons had worse shooting performances. He finished with 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting. He was mostly a bystander on defense. Perhaps it had to do with guarding the dominant Warriors, but the Sixers small forward didn't come close to displaying his trademark, lockdown defense. He finished with a game-worst minus-24 plus-minus rating.
  • Best defensive performance: Draymond Green gets this after finishing with a game-high five blocks to go with two steals. The Warriors all-star forward also had a solid all-around game with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
  • Worst statistic: This goes to Simmons' combined 0-for-7 shooting in the first and third quarters. The Sixers point guard missed his four shots in the first quarter. Then he missed his three attempts in the decisive third quarter.
  • Best statistic: This goes to Golden State shooting 96.2 percent (25-for-26) from the foul line.
  • Worst of the worst: I had to give this to the Sixers' transition defense. They looked flat-out confused while leaving players wide open. That contributed to the Warriors' shooting 51.9 percent (14 for 27) on three-pointers.