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Turner leads 76ers past Knicks

NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia 76ers got a much-needed victory that could serve as a confidence boost.

Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points. The Sixers got out of their three-point shooting funk. And they showed grit down the stretch.

All that led to a 110-106 victory over the New York Knicks Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The win improved the Sixers to 14-28 and snapped a three-game losing streak. The Knicks (15-27), meanwhile, lost their fifth consecutive game.

Michael Carter-Williams' three-pointer with 5 minutes, 41 seconds remaining gave the Sixers a 93-92 advantage. Then Turner added a three-pointer on the Sixers' next possession to give his team a four-point cushion. Turner later made it a seven-point game (107-100) with 1:14 left.

His performance more than made up for his dismal outing in a 102-92 setback to Knicks back on Jan. 11.

Turner was more aggressive and made his first four shots attempts.

He scored on a 17-foot jumper. The fourth-year player then sandwiched two three-pointers around a 17-footer. The 6-foot-7 swingman had 18 points in the first half on 7-for-9 shooting. He ended up making 13 of 22 shots and finishing with 11 rebounds.

This was a huge difference from when he was limited to just six field-goal attempts in the first three quarters in the Jan. 11 setback to New York. He finished that game with 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting.

Carter-Williams added 19 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists in Wednesday's win.

The Sixers also showed drastic improvement over the last three games from three-point land.

They made 9 of 12 three-pointers after making just 8 of 57 combined in consecutive losses to the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and Washington Wizards.

In addition to making three-pointers, the Sixers took advantage of the absence of Knicks post players Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin. Both players left with ankle injuries. The Sixers scored 50 points in the paint and had 19 second-chance points.

Davies sidelined. Sixers reserve forward Brandon Davies will be out four to six weeks after having surgery Tuesday on his fractured right pinkie finger. The injury was originally believed to be a dislocation.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound rookie suffered the injury while chasing a loose ball late in Saturday's 103-78 setback at the Chicago Bulls.

Davies, who went undrafted out of Brigham Young, averages 2.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 11.6 minutes a game this season. He scored a career-high 11 points on Jan. 7 at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dedmon expected to return. The Sixers are expected to sign center Dewayne Dedmon to a second 10-day contract on Thursday. The 7-foot center's first 10-day deal expired on Thursday. ... Sixers coach Brett Brown said reserve forward Arnett Moultrie (left ankle) could return within the next two weeks. He has yet to play this season.

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