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Cleveland at Philadelphia

Turner, Hawes lead Sixers past Cavs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- If Evan Turner strives for consistency over perfection, he could end up fulfilling the lofty expectations of a No. 2 overall draft pick.

Turner had 19 points, a career-high nine assists and six rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the reeling Cleveland Cavaliers 86-79 Sunday night.

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"Evan shows flashes," Sixers coach Doug Collins said after Turner's best all-around effort in the season's first 10 games. "I told him: `Stop putting so much pressure on yourself.' Evan is a perfectionist. He works harder in the offseason than anybody else on the team. He puts a high ceiling on himself. I want him to enjoy playing."

Turner, a third-year pro, has finally settled into a steady role as the team's starting small forward. He was up-and-down over the first two seasons and started just 34 games.

"I want to play well, obviously," Turner said. "Other than that, it's normal."

Spencer Hawes and Jrue Holiday each added 14 points for the Sixers, who've won two straight and five of seven.

Alonzo Gee scored 17 and Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson had 14 apiece for Cleveland, which has lost six in a row. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters combined for 14 points on 6-for-27 shooting. They came in averaging a combined 39.1 points, a league-best for a starting backcourt.

"Those are shots I normally take," Waiters said. "They just weren't falling. I can't stop shooting because I'm not making shots. You're going to make some and you're going to miss, but at the end of the day you have to try and impact the game in other ways."

The Cavaliers had won eight of their last 10 games in Philadelphia, a stretch that began when LeBron James was the King of Cleveland.

For nearly three quarters, it seemed the Cavaliers would continue their successful run. But the Sixers started pulling away late in the third quarter.

Holiday hit a step-back jumper, Nick Young made a free throw and then his fastbreak slam gave the Sixers their biggest lead to that point, 61-55.

Jason Richardson's 3-pointer 3 ½ minutes into the fourth increased the lead to 69-59, but the Cavaliers went on a 14-6 run to pull to 77-75.

Turner answered with a jumper and after Varejao missed a putback, Hawes drilled a jumper to make it 79-73. Hawes' 3-pointer extended the lead to 82-75 with 2:15 left.

Turner's turnaround shot put the game away.

"Evan was brilliant," Collins said. "He was our ace of spades.

Before the game, injured Sixers center Andrew Bynum confirmed he hurt his other knee -- the left one -- while bowling on Nov. 10. His target date of Dec. 10 for basketball activities appears unlikely.

Young scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench. He left in the fourth quarter because of dizziness. Young wore fluorescent orange sneakers that clearly didn't match Philadelphia's white, red and blue colors. Considering his performance, he'll probably use those again.

Holiday finished one assist short of his fourth double-double in 10 games. His biggest contribution came defensively on Irving, who was averaging 24.4 points per game. Irving finished 4 of 14 for nine points.

"It was important," Holiday said. "He's their main scorer, their go-to guy. To limit his points, it's big."

The Sixers took a 43-42 lead after a back-and-forth first half.

"We had some good looks on the offensive end, but we got stagnant toward the end," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. "I think a little bit of that had to do with fatigue. Other than that, from a defensive standpoint which is the thing we're really looking at, I thought we got better."

Notes

  • The Sixers played their fourth straight home game and are in the middle of a stretch where they have eight of nine on their floor.
  • They've won just three of their last 10 home games, dating to last season.
  • The Sixers are 6-0 when leading entering the fourth quarter.
  • Cavaliers F C.J. Miles, the team's top free-agent signing, played 14 minutes after sitting out three straight on a coach's decision.
  • Cleveland hosts Philadelphia on Wednesday.
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Evan Turner's 19 points and nine assists help the 76ers hand the Cavaliers their sixth straight defeat. (US Presswire)
Evan Turner's 19 points and nine assists help the 76ers hand the Cavaliers their sixth straight defeat. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Cleveland (2-8)2121152279
Philadelphia (6-4) «1924192486
CLE:A. Gee 17 Pts
CLE:A. Varejao 15 Reb
CLE:K. Irving 4 Ast
PHI:E. Turner 19 Pts
PHI:J. Richardson 9 Reb
PHI:J. Holiday 9 Ast
Players of the Game
ClevelandPhiladelphia

Anderson Varejao

Evan Turner
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
141531969
Cleveland
A. Varejao, C375-124-4153114
A. Gee, SF376-115-542217
K. Irving, PG374-141-14439
T. Thompson, PF316-142-3132214
D. Waiters, SG312-130-00005
T. Zeller, C283-50-07146
C. Miles, SF141-80-02113
O. Casspi, SF131-32-22015
J. Pargo, PG122-40-01126
L. Walton, SFDid Not Play
D. Gibson, PGDid Not Play
J. Leuer, PFDid Not Play
L. Harangody, PFDid Not Play
D. Sloan, PGDid Not Play
S. Samuels, PFDid Not Play
D. Kennedy, GDid Not Play
Totals 30-8414-1548141679
 35.7%93.3% 
Philadelphia
E. Turner, SF408-122-269119
T. Young, SF373-91-26037
J. Holiday, PG376-140-049114
J. Richardson, SG345-140-093112
K. Brown, C90-00-00030
S. Hawes, C285-133-491314
L. Allen, PF220-52-23302
N. Young, SG165-61-200113
D. Wright, SG121-40-04123
R. Ivey, PG61-30-00102
D. Wilkins, SGDid Not Play
A. Bynum, CDid Not Play
A. Moultrie, PFDid Not Play
M. Wayns, PGDid Not Play
Totals 34-809-1241271586
 42.5%75.0% 
Other Games
Ind 76 Final
NY 88
Orl 86 Final
Tor 97
Brook 99 Final
Sac 90
GS 109 Final
OKC 119
Bos 83 Final
Det 103
Chi 94 Final
Port 102
Hou 108 Final
LAL 119