Turner shines as 76ers snap season-long skid
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA — Finally, mercifully, the losing streak is over.
Evan Turner just missed recording his first career triple double as the 76ers rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors 104-97 on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The victory, Philadelphia’s first since upending Charlotte on Feb. 9, snapped a season-long seven-game skid.
“I know Evan has it in him,” Sixers guard Jrue Holiday said. “I know what Evan can do. I know everybody here knows what Evan can do. When he plays like that, that’s the ET, that’s the No. 2 pick.”
Turner scored 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting while adding 10 rebounds and nine assists. He grabbed an offensive board, dished to Thad Young for a lay-in and a 96-94 advantage with three minutes to play, and the Sixers closed the game on a 10-3 run after trading the lead six times in the fourth quarter.
Holiday had 27 points — including 12 in the fourth quarter — five rebounds, seven assists and a season-high-tying eight turnovers. Young added 14 points and a career-high 16 boards.
The Sixers (23-34) improved to 11 games under .500 with 25 to play.
“Somebody told me, but other than that, I wasn”t really going to try to rush or force anything to get the triple-double,” Turner said. “How the game ended off … was great. Hopefully we try to just build momentum and keep turning it around.”
Stephen Curry finished with a game-high 30 points and eight assists for Golden State after racking up 23 points in the first half. The Warriors (33-27) were playing their second game in as many nights, their fourth game in five days and the final contest of a five-game road trip. They have lost four in a row.
Klay Thompson had 29 points and eight assists for the Warriors. David Lee added 13 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.
The Sixers trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, but ended the second quarter on an 18-5 run to cut their deficit to 54-51 at halftime.
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