Andrea Bargnani: Drops 23 on 76ers

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Bargnani (hamstring) scored 23 points (8-15 FG, 7-9 FT) to go with six rebounds and an assist in just 23 minutes during Thursday's 100-91 win over the 76ers.

Analysis:

Bargnani returned from a four-game absence due to the hamstring ailment and turned in his best performance of the season, despite his rather modest minutes total. The 30-year-old has previously shown offensive prowess earlier in his career with the Raptors, but because he remains such a defensive liability, he'll typically only receive 15-to-20 minutes behind frontcourt starters Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez. Don't look at Thursday's performance as a sign of what's to come for the Italian big man.