Doug Collins couldn't wait. With his 76ers in a must-win situation for Game 2 against the top-seeded Bulls, Collins changed his starting lineup.
Collins replaced cold-shooting guard Jodie Meeks with Evan Turner, which gave the Sixers more size, ball-handling and a better individual defender. He also started center Spencer Hawes instead of rookie Lavoy Allen because Hawes is a better perimeter shooter and passer.
"Evan had to be out there," Collins said. "He's been playing great. We needed another playmaker."
Turner was effective in the first quarter, helping the Sixers withstand Chicago's strong start. Hawes didn't give Philadelphia nearly as much production and went to the bench with two fouls -- and no points or assists -- seven minutes into the game.
But Turner and Hawes played key roles in a 36-14 third quarter that gave the Sixers a 14-point lead. Turner scored 11 of his 19 points in the period. Turner also had seven rebounds and six assists in a 109-92 victory.
"With Evan and I in the lineup, we can rebound on the wing and it balances out (the Chicago big men)," Andre Iguodala said.
Collins also tightened his rotation to eight, using Meeks (who played just 11 minutes in Game 1) for only the final 41 seconds of the first half and the last 27 seconds of the fourth period. Collins opted to play Turner and Jrue Holiday more than 40 minutes each.
"I can't tell you how exciting it is for us to come in here to Chicago and get a playoff win for our team," Collins said. "It was a great, great night."
Games 3 (Friday night) and 4 (Sunday afternoon) will be in Philadelphia.
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