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November 13, 2013 | Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com
Posted: November 13, 2013

The Sixers’ 2013-14 season is not even 10 games old, but it’s already had its fair share of dramatic finishes. On Wednesday, Philadelphia fans were treated to another.  

Exchanging blows for much of the first half, the two teams traded the lead 10 times in the first half. With 8:34 left in the third quarter, the Rockets took a three point lead, one that they would hold for all but the waning moments of regulation.

Trailing 106-103 with under 20 seconds left and possession of the ball, Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown called timeout to draw up one final play to try and force overtime. The Rockets defended it well, forcing guard Tony Wroten to float the ball up in the air to James Anderson, who was being defended by Houston’s Jeremy Lin. Anderson, who was 5-for-7 on the night from beyond the arc, came down with the ball, dribbled left, and put up a well-contested three-point attempt with 6.6 seconds left in regulation. The shot found twine, the Rockets failed to score on their final possession, and the game went to overtime.

“Out of the timeout, I just told (James), ‘Come off the screen, and I’ll hit you in the corner,’ but they were playing him and denying him,” Wroten recounted after the game. “I ran out of options… He was hot, so I just threw it up to him, and we were fortunate enough for him to make it.”

In overtime, the Sixers outscored the Rockets 17-11, securing their fifth win of the season.

Stat Line of the Night

Guard Tony Wroten started and notched a triple-double – 18 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. He’s the only NBA player since the 1970-71 season to achieve a triple-double in his debut as a starter.

Nightly Notables

• In overtime, the Sixers got to the free-throw line 12 times, converting on all but one attempt; they held Houston to just one foul shot in the final five minutes of the game.

• After being held to two points in the second half, swingman Evan Turner scored eight of the Sixers’ 17 overtime points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds of the game.

• The Sixers and Rockets finished the game with 50 rebounds apiece. Entering the game, Houston was ranked #1 in the league in rebounding (47.9 RPG); Philadelphia ranked eighth (44.8 RPG).

• Spencer Hawes finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks, three steals, and three three-pointers, becoming only the 10th player since 1985 to hit those marks in a game.

Next Up

Later this week, the Sixers kick off their first multi-game road trip of the 2013-14 season. It begins Friday at 7:30pm (EST) against the Hawks in Atlanta. Then, the team travels down to New Orleans for a Saturday, 8:00pm (EST), meeting with the Pelicans. Finally, the Sixers close out their trip Monday at 8:30pm (EST) against the Dallas Mavericks.