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Turner leads Sixers past Knicks

NEW YORK - The 76ers got a much-needed victory that could serve as a confidence booster.

Turner leads Sixers past Knicks

Evan Turner celebrates with Michael Carter-Williams after hitting a three against the Knicks on Wednesday. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Evan Turner celebrates with Michael Carter-Williams after hitting a three against the Knicks on Wednesday. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

NEW YORK - The 76ers got a much-needed victory that could serve as a confidence booster.

Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points. The Sixers got out of their three-point shooting funk. And they showed grit down the stretch.

All of that led to a 110-106 victory over the New York Knicks Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The win improved the Sixers to 14-28 and snapped a three-game losing streak. The Knicks (15-27) lost their fifth consecutive game.

Michael Carter-Williams' three-pointer with 5 minutes, 41 seconds remaining gave the Sixers a 93-92 advantage. Then Turner added a three-pointer on the Sixers' next possession to give his team a four-point cushion.

"Mike rebounded, pushed the pace, made the guy - I think it was [Iman] Shumpert - try to play him," Turner said of his corner three-pointer. "He kicked it to me, got me the rock. Drawers! That's it."

After the Knicks pulled within two points, Thaddeus Young hit a three-pointer with 1:47 remaining to give the Sixers a 105-100 lead.

"That, too, was a big three," coach Brett Brown said. "I think Michael's and Evan's came at timely parts of the game."

Turner added a bucket to make it a seven-point game with 1:14 remaining

His performance more than made up for his dismal outing in a 102-92 setback to the Knicks on Jan. 11.

Turner was more aggressive and made his first four shots.

He scored on a 17-foot jumper. The fourth-year player then sandwiched two three-pointers around a 17-footer. He had 18 points in the first half on 7-for-9 shooting. Turner ended up making 13 of 22 shots and finishing with 11 rebounds.

This was a huge difference from when he was limited to just six shots in the first three quarters in the Jan. 11 loss. He finished that game with 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting.

"Coach just told me to be aggressive and get my swagger back," Turner said. "So I was consciously trying to be aggressive. That's pretty much it."

Carter-Williams added 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists Wednesday.

The Sixers showed drastic improvement over the last three games from three-point land.

They made 9 of 14 three-pointers after making just 8 of 57 combined in consecutive losses to the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and Washington Wizards.

The Sixers took advantage of the absence of Knicks post players Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin. Both left with ankle injuries. The Sixers scored 50 points in the paint and had 19 second-chance points and 17 offensive rebounds.

 

Sixers notes

Sixers reserve forward Brandon Davies will be out four to six weeks after having surgery Tuesday on his fractured right little finger. . . . The Sixers are expected to sign center Dewayne Dedmon to a second 10-day contract. . . . Brown said reserve forward Arnett Moultrie (left ankle) could return within the next two weeks. He has yet to play this season.



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Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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