Some trash talking never hurt in adding some juice to the division game, either. Turner hit a 3 over Pierce, then shouted in the Boston captain's face early in the first quarter, though nothing really came of the exchange.
"When the adrenaline kicks in and trash talk occurs, you want to shut the other team up," Turner said.
Pierce and Rondo each had near-flawless first quarters to set an early tone for the game. Rondo had 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the period.
Turner and Hawes kept the Sixers close in the second quarter and trimmed Boston's lead to 50-46 at the break.
NOTES: 76ers G Nick Young (toe), C Kwame Brown (virus) and G Royal Ivey (groin) all sat out. ... Young lived up to his "Swaggy P" nickname when he walked into the locker room wearing leopard skin shoes. ... The 76ers have won five of seven vs. Boston.
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