In what turned out to be a great night of basketball between two of the leagues worst teams, the Sixers delivered a 110-106 win against the New York Knicks. Evan Turner, who over the last three games only averaged around 10.0 points per game unloaded tonight for a career high 34 points. Clearly he answered the call when he said give me the rock, because he shot 13-22 from the floor and was a perfect three-for-three from beyond the arc. This was a refreshing win for the Sixers, since things seemed to be going sour as of late. The team came in riding a losing streak and the Sixers seemed to be losing focus.
Rookie of the Year candidate, Michael Carter-Williams continued his stellar play with another great showing tonight. He finished with 19 points , 12 rebounds and also dished out seven assists. He also contributed with two key steals late in the fourth quarter. One on fellow Syracuse alumni Carmelo Anthony and then against big man Tyson Chandler. The steals pretty much sealed the game. Evan Turner and Michael Carter-Williams could not be stopped tonight as their high energy propelled the Sixers to victory. Both players played 35 minutes plus of high intensity basketball and they’re one of the reasons the Sixers came out on top of a highly competitive game.
Next up for the Sixers are the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. It’s the first game of a three-game home stand in which the Sixers will also face the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well the Phoenix Suns. The Sixers and Raptors are always playing down to the wire, so look for a great game on Friday night. Note about Fridays game to keep in mind, Raptors shooting guard Demar Derozan scored 40-points tonight. He is a superb young talent and always seems to have a solid outing versus the Sixers. The Sixers will need to keep the same intensity if they want to win the next game.