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76ers Crush the Celtics 103-71, Remain In First Place

National Basketball Association(PHILADELPHIA) -- If the Philadelphia 76ers wanted to keep their lead in the Atlantic division, they had to defeat the Boston Celtics Wednesday night in Philadelphia. They did just that, and in convincing fashion, as they hammered the Celtics 103-71. It was the Sixers biggest win over the Celtics since 1981.

Leading the way for Philadelphia was second-year guard Evan Turner. On Monday, Turner went just 1-12 from the floor in his first start of the season, but he made up for it on Wednesday as the former number two-overall pick scored a career high 26 points and also pulled down nine rebounds.

"Evan was great tonight," Collins said after the game. "He was absolutely fabulous. He had the bounce back in his step. He had the pop in his game. He was playing confident basketball. I told him, you know sometimes as a team we have to go through some valleys to find out where we want to go."

With a record of 23-17, the Sixers now hold a two game lead over the Celtics in the standings.

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