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Three Things We Saw From Houston Rockets in Philly Win

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Even though it was against the league’s worst team, the Houston Rockets‘ 116-114 victory on the Philadelphia 76ers became the best game of the season so far. Here are the top three takes from last night’s game.

 

The MVP Has Returned!

Remember in the Lion King when Rafiki announced Simba has returned to take his rightful place as king. That same excitement was used last night for James Harden.

It was clear from the start Harden was going to have a big night. He scored 10 points in the first quarter, and by the half had 21. However, when the Rockets fell back into their bad habits allowing the 76ers to take the led by six in the fourth, Harden took over by scoring 15 points in the quarter.

Yeah, it was nice to see the bearded man go off for 50 points, but Harden did not have any help. The next closest Rockets in scoring was Dwight Howard, who only had 14 points. The Rockets have only won their second game since McHale’s  firing, but Harden is not to blame. He has returned to MVP status, but he cannot do it alone. The Rockets must step up and play like a team.

Check out highlights from @JHarden13's 50 point night! #Pursuit https://t.co/T0hnh5mPAN

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 28, 2015

 

Capela Lineup Change

Inserting Clint Capela into the starting lineup was J.B. Bickerstaff’s best move as head coach. Although they are nowhere near Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon, the pairing of Capela and Dwight Howard will become lethal for Rockets’ opponents.

With Capela, he can take a lot of pressure off the eight-time all-star and help out down low. In a rarity for this season, the Rockets out rebounded the 76ers 49-33 and held Philadelphia to 38 points in the paint. Hopefully this was not a one time decision by Bickerstaff, but a new change to get the Rockets back on track.

The bigs working together. #Pursuit https://t.co/h0o2TYKnkH

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) November 28, 2015

 

A Silver Lining for the 76ers

Although they set an NBA record with 27 straight losses, the Philadelphia 76ers has nothing to be ashamed of. Especially former Rockets Robert Covington and Isaiah Canaan.

Both played a great game against Houston and were the reason they almost came out with the victory. Isaiah “The Canaan Bomb” lit the Rockets up for 23 points, while Covington played the best game of his career with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 8 steals. The 76ers have a bright future in store and should not hold their head down. Just think, if James Harden would had missed that three down the stretch this would have been a different story!

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