Evan Turner had a message to deliver to anyone who believed that Jeff Green was the top big-shot maker on the floor Wednesday night. Turner was that man at TD Garden.
Boston led Philadelphia 94-92 after Kris Humphries tipped in a rebound with 42 seconds remaining. The Celtics were all smiles at that point, but Turner quickly changed that.
Philly’s leading scorer dropped in the final three points of the game. The first came via a free throw with 34.8 seconds left and the final two arrived on the last play of the game.
Humphries’ missed jumper with 11.9 seconds set the table for Turner’s game-winning bucket. Sixers head coach Brett Brown opted not to call a timeout as his point guard, Michael Carter-Williams, brought the ball up the court. Carter-Williams passed it off to Turner, and Brad Stevens knew exactly what was coming next.
“The one thing that I knew when Turner got the ball was he was shooting,” Stevens said after the game. “I knew that.”
So did Turner. The swingman caught Jerryd Bayless on a cross match and went right at his defender. Turner beat Bayless off the dribble and drove down the left side of the lane. He rose up, battling through contact, and tossed up a seven-foot floater as time expired. And he hit it.
Turner watched his shot fell through the basket as the buzzer sounded and then took off sprinting in the other direction. He was mobbed by his teammates at the other end of the court as Philadelphia celebrated its 15th win of the season.
“Evan Turner,” as Stevens proclaimed, “has a history of doing that in these situations.”
Key Box Score Line
Wednesday night marked exactly two weeks since Jared Sullinger logged the first 20-20 game of his career. He nearly did it again against Philadelphia.
Sullinger was a dominant force for Boston as it fell to Philadelphia 95-94 at TD Garden. The big man finished with game highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds, narrowly missing yet another signature box score line in just his second season as a pro.
Still, though, 24 points and 17 rebounds isn’t too shabby. Sullinger was perfect from the line, making all six of his free throws. He also grabbed eight offensive rebounds. To put that into perspective, not a single player on Philadelphia’s team grabbed more than eight total rebounds.
Box Score Nuggets
- Boston's 59 rebounds stand as a season high.
- Jared Sullinger grabbed 17 of those boards and also scored a game-high 24 points.
- Jeff Green scored 13 of his 18 points in the first quarter.
- Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia's starting center, made four of the team's seven 3-pointers.
- Phil Pressey and Gerald Wallace, two of Boston's starters, combined to score three points.
- Each team grabbed eight steals.
- No Sixers player grabbed more total rebounds than Sullinger's eight offensive boards.
- Kris Humphries tallied 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
- Philadelphia scored 58 points in the paint.
- Boston shot 36.8 percent from the field (32-of-87) and from 3-point range (7-of-19).
- Evan Turner scored the game-winning basket and also led the contest in assists with eight.
- Three of Philadelphia's starters attempted 14 shots apiece.
Quote of the Night
If you’re not mentally tough, you have a ceiling in this business. So you might as well learn it now. These kind of games and our response to these kind of games will tell me a lot about what we’ll look like down the road. Brad Stevens on the Celtics battling through adversityMore quotes >>