Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/12
PHILADELPHIA - Evan Turner had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds Sunday night, as the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 86-79. Jrue Holiday added 14 points and nine assists for the Sixers (6-4), who won their second straight. Alonozo Gee scored 17 points and Anderson Varejao had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers (2-8), who dropped their sixth straight. Kyrie Irving, the NBA's third-leading scorer at 24.4 points a game, was limited to a season-low nine, on 4-for-14 shooting. Cleveland's point total was also a season low, as was its 35.4-percent shooting. The Sixers, who led most of the second half, extended their advantage to 69-59 with 9:05 left in the game on a 3-pointer by Jason Richardson. But the Cavs went on a 12-4 run featuring six points by rookie forward Tyler Zeller, cutting the deficit to 73-71 with 4:53 remaining. After an exchange of baskets, Turner hit a jumper from the left corner, off a feed from Holiday. That triggered a 9-2 flurry on the part of the Sixers, giving them an 84-75 advantage with 1:49 to play. Turner's point total was his second highest of the season, exceeded only by his 25-point output at Boston on Nov. 9. Philadelphia reserves Spencer Hawes and Nick Young scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. Richardson finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 13 boards for Cleveland. Turner scored 11 points and Nick Young had 10 in the first half, which ended with the Sixers holding a 43-42 lead. Varejao had eight points and seven rebounds in the first two quarters for Cleveland, while Gee scored eight points. NOTES: Sixers center Andrew Bynum, who has yet to play or practice this season because of knee problems, confirmed before the game an ESPN report indicating he incurred a bone bruise in his left knee while bowling. Bynum, who has participated in the sport "a couple or three times" during his rehabilitation from an identical injury to the right knee, said the new problem cropped up after he bowled Nov. 10. He also said he understands why some people believe bowling might not the appropriate thing for a person in his position to do. "I'm taking the position that that happened bowling," he said. "What happens dunking?" He also said the team has been "kind of supportive" about the situation. Coach Doug Collins declined comment.
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