Here is my look at the best and worst performances from the 76ers’ 97-92 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Best performance: For the second game in a row, this goes to rookie Matisse Thybulle, who had a game-high plus-20 rating. Thybulle scored 13 points, shooting 5-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. He played his usual strong defense and recorded one steal, no turnovers and five rebounds in 26 minutes, 20 seconds. This came after Thybulle scored a career-high 20 points in Sunday’s 110-104 win over visiting Toronto.
Worst performance: Former Sixers forward Jerami Grant didn’t have success against his first NBA team. Grant scored three points, shooting 1-for-6. He ended up with a minus-16 rating, the worst on his team.
Best defensive performance: That would again be Thybulle, who brought plenty of defensive intensity. Thybulle had one steal, and his plus-20 rating was the game’s best.
Worst statistic: The Nuggets were outrebounded, 49-38, and that included a 12-5 edge by the Sixers on the offensive glass.
Best statistic: The Sixers outscored the Nuggets in fast-break points, 19-9. That included a 17-5 advantage in the first half.
Worst of the worst: Nuggets guard Jamal Murray played just 5:11 before suffering a trunk contusion in the first quarter. He is one of the bright young guards in the NBA, and Denver had trouble making up for his scoring and leadership.