After the 1981-82 season, the 76ers and Houston Rockets the teams agreed to a sign-and-trade, sending NBA MVP Moses Malone to Philadelphia, marking perhaps the most important moment in the history of the franchise, and definitely the most memorable moment between these teams. With "The Chairman of the Boards", the Sixers were able to avenge an NBA Finals loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, capturing the team's most recent of three titles. His #2 jersey now hangs from the rafters in The Center among a litany of other legends, including two from that championship team, Maurice Cheeks and Julius Erving.
When it comes to head-to-head matchups, the decades-long rivalry is just about even, with the 76ers winning the only postseason series in which the two faced off (1977). Notable head-to-heads, like Allen Iverson vs. Tracy McGrady, have come and gone, and in the 2023-24 NBA regular season, the Sixers will take on a Rockets squad led by veteran presence young phenoms Jalen Green, the second overall pick from the 2021 NBA Draft and Jabari Smith Jr., the third pick in 2022.
The Rockets and Sixers split their two meetings for the 2022-23 regular season, with the Sixers taking the second matchup in South Philly in convincing fashion behind 28 points from Tyrese Maxey.
With the 2023-24 season upon us, tune in to see the Rockets and 76ers face off in Houston on December 29 in the first of their two matchups. Get tickets to their second matchup on January 15, 2024 in Philly. Don't miss your chance to see this matchup at The Center!