Apparently, the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t watch Tuesday night’s college basketball action. Because if they did, they would of definitely been in full tank mode against a team like the Houston Rockets.
But no. The Sixers keep on trying to prove us wrong and keep on winning. Somehow. Philly was without Michael Carter-Williams on Wednesday and still managed to beat the Houston Rockets 123-117 in overtime, behind Tony Wroten’s triple-double (18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) and James Anderson’s career-high 36 points. Philly improves to 5-4 with the win. WHAT WORLD IS THIS?
Granted, the Rockets were without James Harden but still. They do have some guy called Dwight Howard on their team.
“We don’t take it as an insult,” 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters about the thought of other teams resting their stars against them. “We just go try to play and play with a level of competitiveness and a physicality and a tenacity and a slowly-groomed intellect on how you play an NBA opponent. … That’s our mission and it doesn’t affect me at all who walks out on the floor.”
Evan Turner added 23 points, Spencer Hawes scored 18, Thad Young had 15 and Darius Morris added 10.
Conversely, the Rockets formally welcomed the return of Linsanity. To a certain extent.
Jeremy Lin led the Rockets with 34 points, on a career-high nine 3-pointers, and 12 assists. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds. Chandler Parsons added 22 points.