Sixers-Heat best/worst: Poor perimeter defense, getting torched by rookie Kendrick Nunn
The Heat used the zone on 39 possessions, the most by an NBA team this season.
Here’s my look at the best and worst performances from the 76ers’ 108-104 loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Best performance: This goes to Kendrick Nunn, the Heat rookie point guard who scored a game-high 26 points. He made 4 of 8 three-pointers, and graded out at a team-best plus-19. Ten of his points came in the third quarter on 4-for-7 shooting.
Worst performance: I have to give to this to Mike Scott. The Sixers reserve power forward missed five of his six shots, all three-pointers, en route to finishing with three points. He also was a game-worst minus-21. Scott had a tough time getting into a rhythm.
Best defensive performance: Once again, this was a tough one. But I’m going to give it to Bam Adebayo for blocking a game-high two shots and finishing with two steals.
Worst statistic: This goes to the Sixers’ three-point shooting through three quarters. They made just 25% (7-for-28) during that time.
Best statistic: This goes to the Heat’s second-half three-point shooting. Miami hit 9 of 16 three-pointers in the last two quarters.
Worst of the worst: This has to go to the Sixers’ struggles against the 2-3 zone. The Heat used the zone on 39 possessions, the most by an NBA team this season. Philly made just 38% of its shots against the zone. The Sixers looked like a team that had never practiced against a zone.