PORTLAND, Ore. — The 76ers lost, 129-95, to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center Sunday night.
Here are my main takeaways and best and worst awards.
Best performance: There’s no way anyone could justify passing up CJ McCollum for this award. The Blazers shooting guard finished with a game-high 35 points in just 27 minutes, 50 seconds. He sat out the fourth quarter.
Worst performance: I couldn’t avoid giving this to Butler. The Sixers swingman finished with five points on 2-for-12 shooting. He missed his first seven shot attempts.
Best defensive performance: This goes to Jusuf Nurkic for having a solid presence. Sixers centers Amir Johnson and Mike Muscala combined to make just 2-of-9 shots through three quarters. Nurkic didn’t play in the fourth.
Worst statistic: I gave this to the Sixers scoring a season-low 41 points in the first half.
Best statistic: This goes to the Blazers shooting a season-best 59 percent from the field.