76ers Hold On Versus Houston
The 76ers (19-10) are back in the win column, notching a 118-113 victory over the Houston Rockets (11-17) Wednesday at The Center.
The shorthanded Sixers - missing Ben Simmons (illness) and Shake Milton (ankle sprain) - led by as many as 29, but the Rockets hung around late, largely thanks to John Wall’s 26 second-half points.
Embiid led the way for the Sixers, finishing just one assist shy of a 30-point triple-double.
The Sixers started hot, taking a 38-24 advantage into the second quarter.They were fueled by 65.2% shooting from the field and 66.7% (6-9 3fg) from deep in the first frame.
The Sixers received solid contributions across the roster, with five players finishing in double figures. Matisse Thybulle (5 pts, 4 stl) started in place of Simmons, marking his first start of the 2020-21 season.
Embiid finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, shooting 10-for-21 from the field and 10-for-12 from the stripe. After a quieter first half, Embiid scored 23 points in the second half, shooting 10 of his 12 foul shots in the final two quarters.
Harris finished with 24 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, plus five assists, a steal, and two blocks. Harris shot 8-for-17 from the field and 7-for-8 from the foul stripe.
Curry tallied 25 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the field, plus two rebounds, five assists, and two steals. He shot a flawless 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Quote to Note:
From one All-Defense player to another?
“When you’ve got Matisse in the game, I feel like [zone's] our best defense.
I feel like he has the potential to be the best defender in the league...
I think he has a chance when it comes to All-NBA defensive teams."
— Lauren Rosen (@LaurenMRosen) February 18, 2021
The Sixers will host the Chicago Bulls (11-15) Friday in South Philadelphia, marking the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Prior to Wednesday, the Bulls have split their last eight games, 4-4.
Zach LaVine leads Chicago in scoring this season, averaging 28.2 points per game, plus 5.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists.