76ers rally to beat Golden State

Posted: March 03, 2013

Coach Doug Collins did not call for a team meeting, and no soul searching was needed for the 76ers Saturday night. Something finally went right for a team that had seen things go so horribly wrong for so long.

At the Wells Fargo Center, in the same game in which many in the crowd of 17,929 had booed them as they dug themselves into a hole in the first half, the Sixers rallied from a 16-point second-quarter deficit to defeat the road-weary Golden State Warriors, 104-97.

The win, their first since they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 87-76, way back on Feb. 9, ended their season-high losing streak at seven games. That streak was their longest skid since they went 0-12 during a stretch of games late in the 2009 season.

To get this win, the Sixers (23-34) needed a near triple-double from Evan Turner, who finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. They needed 27 points and seven assists from Jrue Holiday. And Thaddeus Young, still on the mend from a hamstring injury, grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 14 points.

But they also needed good performances from players who have not been called on to deliver much.

Guard Royal Ivey started in place of injured Nick Young, who is out with a sprained left ankle, and finished with a season-high 17 points on 6-for-6 shooting, including 4 for 4 from behind the arc.

Facing his former team, Dorell Wright came off the bench to score 13 points and get seven rebounds.

"If we want to make the playoffs, we really have to build off this," said Holiday, who committed eight of the Sixers' season-high 23 turnovers. "It was a good win. I think a lot of guys picked it up today. I think [Turner] is really the reason why we won the game as well as Royal, who came through like a veteran."

Golden State (33-27), took its largest lead of the game, 47-31, with 5 minutes, 46 seconds left in the second quarter. But the Sixers closed the half on a 20-7 run and trailed by just 54-51 at halftime.

The Sixers were the better team in the second half when Turner scored 14 points and Holiday 16.

"We needed something good coming in at halftime, and we needed that," Sixers coach Doug Collins said of the run. "Our guys were in good spirits. We just talked about a few plays that they were running and just stayed with what we were doing. That and trying to keep our turnovers low."

Leading by 100-97 with less than a minute to play, Holiday scored on a 17-footer and a layup to hold off the Warriors, who were led by Stephen Curry's 30 points. Klay Thompson added 29.

"It was a good win for us tonight," Ivey said. "We needed that. Now we can't let it slip away. We have a game in Washington tomorrow that is just as important. Tonight was a team effort, and we have to keep having that."


Contact John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com. Follow on Twitter @JmitchInquirer.

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