Evan Turner came through the way he needed to Saturday night.
Turner and his teammates need a win like this after having played poor basketball in recent games. A loss to the Orlando Magic was all that coach Doug Collins could bear and he decided to finally give his team the lashing out it so richly deserved. This is too late in the NBA season to be giving less than a full effort.
On Saturday night, the 76ers put together a strong effort against a dangerous Warriors team that has been having its own struggles lately.
A playoff spot for the 76ers is gradually fading away, but with 25 games left, Turner and his team can finish strong and at least salvage something from this season.
Turner was on the court for almost 43 minutes against the Warriors. He played smart basketball while shooting 10-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-3 in 3-point attempts. He wound up with 22 points and 10 rebounds and committed just two turnovers while dishing out nine assists.
The Sixers also had a decent shooting percentage, which always helps, going 44-of-85 for 51.8 percent.
This was a far cry from Turner’s performance against the Magic, shooting 2-of-7 for 10 points. He had made eight turnovers combined in the previous three games.
Saturday was hopefully the start of something more productive for Turner and also for the 76ers.