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Turner hits winner in OT, 76ers top Celtics 95-94
PHILADELPHIA 95, BOSTON 94 (OT)
By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Evan Turner forgot about the missed shots
and craved another chance.
His short memory proved useful in the clutch for the 76ers.
Turner drove past Courtney Lee and tossed up an off-balance,
right-handed shot for the winner with 3.9 seconds left to lead
Philadelphia to a 95-94 overtime win against the Boston Celtics
on Friday night.
Turner had 26 points and 10 rebounds but missed his first four
shots in OT. Coach Doug Collins had told Turner at the start of
overtime to take over and lead the Sixers to a win over a heated
Atlantic Division rival. He finally snapped his slump with the
game on the line.
"Hopefully, it's the first of many," Turner said. "I'm glad I
was able to break through."
His 13-footer almost wasn't enough at the end. But Rajon Rondo
slipped and his ankles buckled on the last possession, costing
him a chance to hit the potential game-winner, a dud ending to
his sizzling triple-double.
"I should have took a layup," Rondo said. "It's frustrating. But
the good thing about the NBA is you've got a chance to bounce
back tomorrow night and get it back."
The same two teams meet again Saturday night in Boston. Unless
he makes the game-winner, Rondo will have a tough time topping
this one on short rest: He had 16 points, 14 assists and a
season-high 13 rebounds for his 14th career triple-double. It's
the first time Boston lost any of those games.
Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce
scored 27 points. Jeff Green, who gave Boston its last lead in
OT with a 3-pointer, scored 19 points.
"Philly plays us tough. We all know that," Garnett said. "But
we're building something here, and we'll take what we need out
of this and get ready to get right back after them."
Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers.
Jrue Holiday had 15 points, Jason Richardson 13 and Lavoy Allen
grabbed 11 rebounds.
This game belonged to Turner. He finished 10 of 26 from the
field but tossed in five assists and continued to shine in
Collins' watchful eyes.
"I feel a real connection with Evan and it feels great," Collins
said. "I don't know that Evan has trusted a lot of people in his
life, but I hope he trusts me."
Turner and Pierce nudged each other and yapped at the free throw
line throughout a fourth quarter in which neither team budged.
Turner recovered after Pierce tipped his jumper and drove down
the lane for a layup and an 89-87 lead with 49 seconds left.
Jason Terry missed a drive and Garnett couldn't convert the easy
putback to give the Sixers a chance to seal the win. But their
miss led to more life for the Celtics. This time, the veterans
Pierce escaped a fast double team and swung the ball to Garnett
- who buried the tying 20-footer with 7.7 seconds left.
Pierce showed how a veteran operates in the fourth. Turner, in
his third season, is still playing through mistakes. He was
trapped in the corner with a timeout to spare and tossed a wild
pass into the lane and the hands of a leaping Rondo.
Rondo missed at the buzzer to send the game into OT tied at 89.
"This is a make-miss league," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
"When you miss open shots, you're going to lose. And they made
Rondo's steal was another highlight in a game in which he was
seemingly involved with every Boston bucket. His assist on
Green's corner 3-pointer late in the third gave him his first
triple-double of the season and trimmed Philadelphia's lead to
Spencer Hawes played his best game since opening night and gave
the Sixers the production off the bench they've sorely needed in
their so-so start. He answered Pierce's tremendous dunk - he can
still go at 35 - with a jumper for the lead. Hawes ended the
third with a big right hand that swatted Pierce's drive down the
lane well away from the basket. The crowd of 17,921 went wild as
the Sixers hung onto their 72-70 lead to end the third.
Pierce scored 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting over the first three
quarters before letting Garnett do the heavy lifting in the
fourth and OT.
The 76ers-Celtics rivalry used to be one of the best in the NBA.
Philadelphia's resurgence has helped heat up the series again
and another tight game can only help a new generation get
excited for this matchup.
Some trash talking never hurt in adding some juice to the
division game, either. Turner hit a 3 over Pierce, then shouted
in the Boston captain's face early in the first quarter, though
nothing really came of the exchange.
"When the adrenaline kicks in and trash talk occurs, you want to
shut the other team up," Turner said.
Pierce and Rondo each had near-flawless first quarters to set an
early tone for the game. Rondo had 10 points, eight rebounds and
five assists in the period.
Turner and Hawes kept the Sixers close in the second quarter and
trimmed Boston's lead to 50-46 at the break.
NOTES: 76ers G Nick Young (toe), C Kwame Brown (virus) and G
Royal Ivey (groin) all sat out. ... Young lived up to his
"Swaggy P" nickname when he walked into the locker room wearing
leopard skin shoes. ... The 76ers have won five of seven vs.
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