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[HOUSTON] — The Houston Rockets played host to the Philadelphia 76ers last night and the hometown crowd got exactly what they paid for in the form of a hard-fought 123 to 118 Rockets victory. The win bumps Houston's record up to 35-15 on the season, while the loss drags Philadelphia's down to 17-28. Though a win's a win and Rockets fans will settle for whatever they can get their hands on, there's plenty of room for improvement in the future. Games likes these are essential for any team with bigger aspirations.

Leading the way in one of the finest individual performances of the season was James Harden. Harden's borderline-historic night of 51 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 blocks and 2 steals in 39 minutes will be remembered as one of the nights he truly displayed why he's held in such regard at the NBA level. Ask anybody, however - Harden included - and the most important part is that the Rockets walked away with the W. Each win adds up over the course of the season with the end goal being far more satisfying than a Tweetable stat line.

Though not quite able to steal the show, Joel Embiid did a fine job leading his ultimately unsuccessful 76ers. Embiid's 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists were one bright spot for the team that spun out in the matchup.

From a personal standpoint, James Harden made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Houston's offensive contributions were complemented from a decent showing on the defensive end of the ball. While they didn't exactly shut down the visiting 76ers, they did limit them to a point total in line with their season average. Not every performance can be a home run, so the Rockets will settle for the upper hand in this one.

Up next for the reeling Rockets will be a date with the Indiana Pacers while the visiting 76ers will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Chicago Bulls.

Rockets Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Harden5113131239
N. Hilario21621027
C. Capela17601221
T. Ariza7520441
P. Beverley7360033
S. Dekker9311225
R. Anderson11500042
C. Brewer0010011

76ers Stats

Roster P R A B S M
J. Embiid32742328
T. McConnell13181228
G. Henderson13240223
N. Noel5432220
D. Saric12421121
R. Covington10520236
N. Stauskas9230028
S. Rodriguez8020220
T. Luwawu12100013
E. Ilyasova4310022
DetailsHoustonPhiladelphia
Game No.5045
Score123118
Average115.0100.0
Record35-1517-28
 
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James
Harden

96.5 FP
2.47 FPPM
Joel
Embiid

56.0 FP
2 FPPM
Nene
Hilario

33.0 FP
1.22 FPPM

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