Grizzlies rally from 17 down to beat 76ers 103-100

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm •  Published: January 28, 2013
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Turner scored a season-high 27 points, Thaddeus Young had 23, and Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists.

"We're playing great," Turner said. "You think bad luck just keeps rolling? Basketball's a game of runs."

Turner said the Sixers will be better once, "the big fella comes back."

He's about ready. Andrew Bynum, their 7-foot center, has targeted a post-All-Star break return from bone bruises in his knees that have sidelined him the entire season. The former Lakers All-Star, acquired in the offseason, dunked on Sunday for the first time with Philadelphia, a "baby step," in a comeback the Sixers are counting on to lift them into the playoff race.

Bynum sprinted at shootaround for the first time, and could practice by the end of the week.

Coach Doug Collins said Bynum can't wait to play.

"I think the most important thing is he's encouraged, that he's feeling better," he said before the game. "You can always tell when guys start feeling better. When you're hurt, you don't feel like you're part of the team."

He would have helped against Memphis.

"He'll close down the middle," Turner said.

Aided by near-flawless shooting, the Sixers had their highest-scoring first quarter of the season. They made 12 of their first 14 shots, including two 3s by Nick Young, and raced to a 17-point lead. A 44-percent shooting team, the Sixers made their first seven shots and led 33-20 at the end of the quarter.

Perhaps inspired by the sharp shooting, the Grizzlies came right back with a 14 of 18 second quarter, to take a 57-54 lead at halftime. Bayless was 7 of 10 for a season-high 19 points in the half. Not his high for a half. A game.

They kept the comeback rolling in the second half and won for the fifth time in the last seven games.

"It looked like the last team that made the run, got the win," coach Lionel Hollins said. "We were the last team that made the run."

NOTES: 76ers G Jason Richardson (knee) missed his fourth straight game. ... Collins said he felt fine after leaving Saturday's game and missing practice the next day because of a sinus infection and blocked nasal passage. ... 76ers C Lavoy Allen needed stitches in his upper lip. ... Grizzlies F Zach Randolph had 12 rebounds.


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