Evan Turner on dunk vs. Lakers: 'I was trippin''


Evan Turner on dunk vs. Lakers: 'I was trippin''

LOS ANGELES -- Evan Turner, by nature, is an emotional guy. He’s also fiercely competitive.

At the end of Sunday’s game, those two characteristics combined to be the force behind Turner committing a no-no on the court.

Turner scored the Sixers’ final field goal, capping off a 111-104 win over the Lakers and ending their near two-month drought of winning on the road (13 games).

His bucket was a reverse slam in front of the Lakers’ bench with 0.4 seconds left on the clock.

The outcome of the game was clearly in hand, so common courtesy is for Turner to dribble the ball out and settle for the five-point win.

“I really thought there was 10 or 15 seconds left, so I didn’t think much of it until I came down,” Turner said. “Then I saw that it was 0.4 seconds and then I realized I was trippin'.”

In actuality, Turner had a moment where he didn’t think, leaving the Lakers’ bench overreacting over something small. That was, at least, their initial reaction.

"I apologized, and said I made a mistake,” Turner said. “We are grown men. I shook hands. Nobody had anything to say, so I am not going to worry too much about it.”

Turner scored 22 points with seven rebounds and six assists against Los Angeles. It was the third game Turner’s played with Michael Carter-Williams since MCW returned from his right knee skin infection.

There is an obvious difference in Turner’s play when Carter-Williams is in the lineup.

“Mike does a pretty good job of finding me when I am open,” Turner said. “[With] Mike, you have to pay attention … I get a little more open as opposed to seeing two or three people.

“It is always great putting the band back together.”

When the band is together, good rhythm is the result, and the numbers support that.

Turner, by his own admission, should not have played in the Bucks game because of his sore right knee. He made only two shots in 15 attempts, but in the other two games, with Carter-Williams back, he was 22 for 41 from the floor.

Turner shot 38.1 percent from the floor during Carter-Williams’ seven-game absence.

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season (see full recap).

New-look Hawks roll past Wizards
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn't unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway's performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes (see full recap).

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

The Sixers' meeting on Thursday to address the national anthem situation on opening night was led by VP of Content and Integrated Marketing Jason Wiley, John Gonzalez reported.

Wiley and team executives decided not to have Sevyn Streeter perform the national anthem because she wore a "We Matter" shirt, according to the report. The team had concerns Streeter would have further protests. 

A member of the Sixers' dance team performed in her place.

Wiley helped book Streeter, according to the report, and had previously worked for Bad Boy Records and had music industry contacts.

CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance (see story).

The Sixers discussed the incident and are considering options on how to address it (see story).

“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” Nik Stauskas said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”