Evan Turner loves a challenge.

At Wednesday’s morning shootaround, knowing that Tony Wroten would not be available for a second straight game, coach Brett Brown went to Turner and told him he was needed in more ways than one in Wednesday's game at Madison Square Garden.

“When Wroten comes in, I am usually strictly on a wing, so with Tony hurt we had to fill it out with that,” Turner said of playing three different positions in the Sixers' gutsy 110-106 win over the New York Knicks.

“Coach is a confident guy who encourages us.

“He told me that we are not going to play the rookie as a backup, we are going to use you. He said, 'Keep your confidence up, keep your swagger and keep your rhythm.'”

Turner had all three going Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. He came out of the gate and made 4 of 5 shots in the first quarter for 10 points. He made all three of his three-point attempts and finished strong, scoring 10 fourth-quarter points to help the Sixers erase a six-point deficit.

Turner finished with a career-high 34 points and 11 rebounds.

“I saw a really skilled big guard,” Brown said of Turner, who becomes a restricted free agent this summer. “He was a point guard, a two-guard and a three-guard. He went 3 for 3 from three. We have really put in lots of time where he can add that to his game, where he can get his legs into it and really hold his follow through -- and he did.

“He showed a variety of ways that he can impact the game from rebounding, to a three-point shot, to making tough shots with hands in his face, to guarding Carmelo (Anthony) well. That is what I saw in him.”

The rebounding from Brown’s team was impressive, too. They won the battle on the backboard 54-39 and managed 17 offensive rebounds.