NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Houston 26 24 13 30 93
Philadelphia 30 35 29 27 121
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 21, 2019
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 20,313

76ers look to rebound against high-scoring Rockets

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Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers

  1. The Rockets have alternated wins and losses in nine straight games after beating the Lakers in overtime on Monday, 138-134. That result came after a 145-142 loss in to the Nets, making the Rockets the first team since the 1990-91 Nuggets to both score and allow at least 130 points in consecutive games.
  2. After back-to-back 50-point games, James Harden scored 48 points in the loss, giving him 163 points in his last three games. Since the 1976-77 merger, the only players with more points in any three-game span are Kobe Bryant (two different spans) and Michael Jordan (two different spans).
  3. After winning three straight, the 76ers lost to the Thunder on Saturday, 117-115. Philadelphia is 5-12 this season when allowing over 115 points compared to 25-5 otherwise.
  4. Joel Embiid scored 31 points in the loss, giving him 20 games this season with 30 or more points, second most in the NBA trailing only James Harden (29). Embiid is the first 76er to have 20 or more 30-point games in a single season since Allen Iverson had 49 in 2005-06.
  5. Ben Simmons scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on Saturday, posting his 30th double-double of the season. He is the first guard to record at least 30 double-doubles in each of his first two seasons since Damon Stoudamire did so in 1995-96 and 1996-97.
  6. The Rockets have won eight of the last nine games between these teams, but the 76ers won the most recent meeting on October 30, 2017 in Houston, 115-107. Philadelphia has not beaten Houston at home since a 123-117 overtime victory on November 13, 2013.
(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers will look to rebound from a tough setback when they host the Houston Rockets on Monday night.

The 76ers were reeling following a heartbreaking two-point home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

Paul George converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds remaining to lift the Thunder over the Sixers 117-115.

Philadelphia will have to recover quickly as it opposes the Rockets.

Joel Embiid led the way with 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Ben Simmons had 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. Despite the solid statistics, the Sixers weren't able to convert on their last possession with Simmons looking to be confused after handing the ball to Jimmy Butler beyond the 3-point arc.

"I'm backing Ben Simmons on the fly," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "I wish we got it out of bounds quicker to create more of an environment that was moving and a little bit more disorganized, but there's a lot of stuff that went on before that."

Embiid now has 20 games with at least 30 points, which ranks second in the league behind only Houston's James Harden. The last Philadelphia player with at least 20 games of at least 30 points through the first 45 games of a season was Allen Iverson.

Butler had already made two game-winning shots since joining the Sixers. And he wasn't shy in attempting the third in the difficult loss.

"It just shows that we stick with it no matter what," Butler said. "Lots of things to learn from on both ends of the floor in any and every situation, especially late game. I wouldn't say we'd rather because nobody wants to lose, but better now than when the playoffs roll around. I think everybody's heads are still high. We learned."

The Rockets, meanwhile, rallied from 21 points down to stun the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 108-104 in overtime on Saturday night.

Harden as usual led the way with 48 points and Eric Gordon contributed 30 huge points in the comeback victory. Gordon sent the game into overtime with a clutch 3-pointer.

Harden continued his stellar play with his 19th straight game of at least 30 points. In 10 of the last 13 games, Harden has scored at least 40 points.

The most important fact this time was that the Rockets were able to win their 26th game.

"Words don't do it," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni told reporters. "That was just our guys showing a lot of heart."

Harden also had eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. It was Gordon's return from a sore knee that also catapulted the Rockets. After missing eight games, this was Gordon's second game back in the lineup.

"He's so offensively gifted and talented being able to shoot the basketball, being able to get to the rim, being able to make plays for others," Harden told reporters. "You get a guy like that on the floor with you, it makes it easier not only for myself, but for everybody."

The Rockets and Sixers split the season series last season. The Rockets also are looking to avoid losing back-to-back games to Philadelphia since Jan. 12-Nov. 13, 2013.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 21, 2019

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