NBA Playoffs 2012: Behind Evan Turner, Sixers Down Rose-Less Bulls

May 1st, 2012 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »
On Tuesday evening, the Philadelphia 76ers smelled blood in the water. Down eight at halftime, the Sixers surged back in the third quarter, outscoring the Chicago Bulls 36-14 in the game's penultimate quarter. The Sixers would ultimately steal home court from the Bulls, defeating the East's No. 1 seed, 109-92.

Behind a flurry of fast-break scoring in the third quarter from Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams, the Sixers staked their claim as a legitimate opponent of the Derrick Rose-less Bulls.

The star of the show on Tuesday evening was Evan Turner, who shined in his native Chicago. Turner posted 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, as the Sixers shot a remarkable 59 percent from the floor to knot this series at one game a piece. 

Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls struggled to find any source of consistent scoring and ultimately fell to one of the Eastern Conference's most balanced teams. Despite having no inside presence, the Sixers were able to light it up from the field.

Spencer Hawes encountered early foul trouble, but his replacement, rookie Lavoy Allen, filled in admirably. Allen, who was an afterthought after ...

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