Despite struggling from the floor on Friday night, the Philadelphia 76ers took advantage of numerous turnovers by the Boston Celtics to come away with a 95-94 overtime victory.
It was a back-and-forth battle for much of the game. The Celtics had a 50-46 lead at the half, but the 76ers went on a 26-20 run in the third quarter (aided by eight Boston turnovers).
Philadelphia shot just 37 percent, but took care of the ball and racked up 21 points off of 18 turnovers by the Celtics. The 76ers also racked up 17 offensive rebounds, with eight by Thaddeus Young.
Kevin Garnett missed an easy tip-in off an offensive rebound that would have tied the game with 35 seconds left in regulation, but he redeemed himself with the jumper that tied the game at 89 points apiece and sent the game into overtime.
But it was Evan Turner with the last laugh, hitting a jumper with three seconds remaining in overtime to give Philadelphia the victory.
Player of the Game: Evan Turner, F, Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner came into the game averaging 14.4 points, but he erupted on Friday when most of his teammates couldn't find the hoop. The third-year pro scored a team-high 26 points—including the game-winning basket—while adding 10 rebounds, five assists and one block.
Up Next for Celtics
Boston hosts the 76ers on Friday.
Up Next for 76ers
Philadelphia visits the Celtics on Friday.