The 76ers finished up their three-game road trip with a 135-115 win against the Rockets Wednesday night. The Sixers will finish the regular season winning both matchups against the tanking Rockets. As of right now, the Sixers hold a two-game lead of first place in the Eastern Conference.
Joel Embiid was feasting. Ending up with 34 and 10, nobody on the floor was stopping him. Houston had Kelly Olynyk guarding him for most of the game and he stood no chance. Embiid did all that in 25 minutes.
The Rockets only played seven different players in last night's game. Unfortunately, rising star Kevin Porter Jr. only logged 23 minutes after he left the game with an ankle sprain. Olynyk was the high scorer for the Rockets with 27.
Your average box score watcher will look at the 10-3-3 Ben Simmons stat line and say he had a "bad game" but all 10 of Simmons points came in the 1st quarter, really putting the Rockets to bed early. Since Simmons came back from his non-COVID-related illness, the 76ers have not lost a game. His impact continues to be why the Sixers have one of the best records in the NBA. We even saw two mid-range fadeaways from Ben that almost made me cry tears of joy.
Tobias Harris had a quiet 15 points on 64% TS. Tobias has really been the unsung hero this season, he is always a player we can count on to score the ball. He didn't need this game, but time after time, he delivers.
We saw a great effort from Shake Milton off the bench as he had an immediate impact, scoring 19 points.
The Sixers will face up against the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center as they continue their quest for the 1st seed in the east.