Evan Turner blocked out the booing in Chicago a long time ago. All the former St. Joseph star consumed himself with from the start of the playoffs was winning. Friday night, his will to win carried his 76ers to victory in Game 3 of the first-round series. With just 20 seconds left in regulation and the 76ers' clinging to a 75-74 lead over the Bulls, Turner missed a layup but forcefully grabbed his own rebound. He then got stripped, regained possession again and then attacked the rim against Bulls' defenders Luol Deng, Omer Asik, and Carlos Boozer. Turner was fouled and converted his two free throws, giving his team enough breathing room to sneak away with a 79-74 victory. "I honestly believe that the singular biggest play of the year for us was Evan Turner's,'' 76ers coach Doug Collins said. "Evan just fought, fought, fought, got fouled, and made those two free throws.'' Turner finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. And the ball was in his hands when the game was on the line. This is the same player who was concerned about his minutes coming into the playoffs. Turner started the series coming off the bench but worked his way into the starting lineup for Game 2. The final minutes of Friday's game symbolized a new level of trust between player and coach.
Turner money in the clutch
Chicago Tribune | May 5