It has been a very nice season for Philadelphia 76ers swingman Evan Turner, but he achieved new heights on Wednesday night in Philly’s 110-106 win over the New York Knicks. Turner scored a career-high 34 points (on 13-for-22 shooting), and he also added 11 rebounds in 40 minutes of court time to key repeated runs for the Sixers as they were able to hold off New York.
Obviously, a road win like this doesn’t just happen with the work of one player, and the Sixers had some very nice supporting efforts. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams continued his excellence debut campaign, scoring 19 points, grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds (yes, he’s the point guard), and dishing out 7 assists. It wasn’t all roses for Carter-Williams, as he shot just 5-for-18 from the floor, but his all-court production was just what Philly needed to compliment Turner.
For the Knicks, this is a continuation of some of their home-court woes this season. New York is now just 7-15 in Madison Square Garden this season, and it is frankly inexcusable to lose a home game against a team with the overall talent of Philly, even on a night where Turner and MCW go off. Carmelo Anthony was his typically solid self with 28 points and 7 rebounds, but the Knicks were lackluster as a whole on the defensive end, and they were decimated on the glass by a 54-39 margin.
Moving forward, both teams are squarely out of the playoffs, but the outlooks are very different. The Sixers are lottery-bound on purpose (even if they won’t admit it) with young assets and cap flexibility, while the Knicks are toiling in obscurity despite an enormous payroll and playoff aspirations. Which one would you choose?