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Evan Turner hits game-winner at the overtime buzzer to give Sixers win over Nets (VIDEO)

Dec 20, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

When the Nets played the Sixers just four days ago in Brooklyn, they won by 36 points and honestly, the game wasn’t even that close.

Things were different Friday night in Philadelphia, however, and it had everything to do with the available personnel.

Kevin Garnett took this game off as a day of rest, and Joe Johnson missed it for personal reasons. Add those absences to the fact that Philadelphia got Michael Carter-Williams back in the lineup after missing the last seven games, and we got a much more competitive contest that required overtime to be decided.

The Sixers got the win this time, thanks to a shot from Evan Turner at the overtime buzzer that ultimately found its way home. Paul Pierce hit a huge three on the prior possession, and appeared to be in position to take a charge on Turner before the shot was released. But it’s better to contest shots like this than to try to wait for a call from the official, because with the game on the line, unless something blatant and egregious occurs, that whistle isn’t likely to come.

  1. money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    one of the best rebounders for his position. does a lot on offense. imagine if he could mesh what he brought to the table with a curry-like jumper …. and a dab of consistency

    • brento1499 - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      “does a lot on offense”
      mostly just dribbles out the shot clock

      • tcclark - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Are we watching the same player? Evan Turner is more of a two dribble guy. He’ll dribble twice and then pull up, or he’ll dribble twice in the process of driving, or he’ll dribble twice and kick out.

        He’s not the type of player to dribble all over the court looking for an opening. Earlier in his career it looked like he couldn’t get rid of the ball soon enough. He’d catch it and immediately pass. Then he started to settle for more catch and shoot or pull up jumpers. Now he’s driving a lot more.

        You can complain about a lot of things that Evan Turner does (complains to the refs, shoots bad threes, isn’t aggressive at times, is too agressive other times), but dribbling too much isn’t usually his thing.

    • tcclark - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      I get what you’re saying but adding a curry-like jumper is going to make anyone look A LOT better than they are. Can you imagine LeBron with a Curry-like jumper? Can you imagine Dwayne Wade with a Curry-like jumper? Imagine what Tyson Chandler could bring to the table with a Curry-like jumper. Imagine the blend of tenacity and finesse that would be Reggie Evans if he had a Curry-like jumper.

      I’m an ET fan and have been rooting for him since he was Ohio State, but it’s nothing but wishful thinking to imagine him with a curry-like jumper. You don’t just develop that kind of jumper in a summer. He comes from a family of shooters. He learned his jumper from his dad and has spent his entire life perfecting it. Same thing with Kyle Korver. His mom was a basketball player and he and his two brothers have all developed into excellent shooters over their lifetimes. Reggie and Cheryl Miller come from another family. To get a jumper like that you need that perfect combination of nature and nurture. ET will never have that. It’s a pipe dream to even imagine it.

      • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        ok. korver has a curry like jumper….but he’s still a role player. the point was turner has a swiss army like game and one thing holding him back from stardom is a consistent jumper

      • money2long - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        and way to go already naming all stars. u missed the point

      • tcclark - Dec 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        I got what you were saying, but my point was that people don’t just develop a Curry-like jumper in the NBA. A jump-shot is very hard to develop in the NBA. In order to do that, you have to change everything you’ve been doing your entire life, everything your body has been programmed to do. You shoot a jumper on instinct. Curry and Korver, and Reggie Miller, have spent their entire lives programming the body to shoot a jumper the right way. Evan Turner or anyone for that matter would have to completely redo what they’ve built up their entire lives. It would be like teaching an old dog new tricks. You can adjust mechanics here and there, but you aren’t going to adjust anyone’s mechanics into a Curry-like jumper. The only person I have seen become a curry-like shooter in the NBA is Michael Redd. He never shot about 34% from three in college, but became a feared shooter in the NBA because he learned to shoot from Ray Allen.

      • money2long - Dec 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        tracy mcgrady didn’t have a 3 point jumper in his repertoire until the nba. he admitted that. also, stop writing so much . ur thinking about tit too hard. like i said, there are ppl who have curry jumpers, yet curry can do all turner can do. steve novak can shoot, but can’t do what turner can do despite having turner’s same build. the point here is how much of a jumper would open up turner’s game. why are u thinking about it so hard

      • tcclark - Dec 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        I’m telling you a curry-like jumper is a pipe dream. Curry’s jumper is special. It’s taken decades to perfect. T-Mac didn’t have a curry-like jumper. Curry’s jumper would make anyone look amazing,

        Evan Turner could use a more consistent jumper, but he’s not getting a Curry-like jumper. It’s insulting to a player like curry to insinuate that a guy could just develop a curry-like jumper in one summer

      • money2long - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        yes curry jumper is great. ur thinking too hard. turner with a great jumper. period. relax

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