On Friday night, the Sixers saw a reoccurring theme right from the opening tip.

Doug Collins’ crew got off to a sluggish start, but this time, the Sixers had a strong close to the second quarter followed by an impressive start to the third that combined for a 22-4 run. The big spurt was pivotal in the Sixers beating the Cavaliers on the road, 97-87, at Quicken Loans Arena.

“That was huge,” Evan Turner said of those two stretches. “I think we did a great job with that and it was fun and we were glad to get the win.

“Hopefully we can build on top of this win and come with energy the next couple games.”

Turner came into Friday night averaging 8.6 points over his last six games. Against the Cavaliers, he was 9 of 17 from the floor for a game-high 23 points to go with his game-high 13 rebounds. It was the most points Turner has scored since Jan. 28, when he scored a season-high 27 in a loss against Memphis.

“[Turner] had the ball in his hands a lot,” Doug Collins said. “We liked his matchup a lot. He could use his strength and play foul line and below with the ball, which he did and he made some shots.

“I always feel like Evan coming back here is added pressure given Ohio State, but tonight might have been his best game in Cleveland that he has played.”