Houston Rockets Game 64 of 2015-16 resulted in much easier victory than their first outing versus the Philadelphia 76ers.
Continuing SCS series of all 82 games from last season next up is the Houston Rockets Game 64 of 2015-16 versus the Philadelphia 76ers.
Mar 9, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (33) tosses his towel back to the bench after a timeout against the Houston Rockets during the second half at Wells Fargo Center. The Rockets won 118-104. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Rockets added draft picks and signed free agents to improve upon an especially mediocre 41-41 campaign. Big man Dwight Howard left for Atlanta while free agents Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Nene Hilario and Pablo Prigioni joined Houston in free agency.
Hopes are these additions and the growth of existing assets will translate into a season similar to 2014-15. While fans wait for opening night on October 26th versus the Lakers hopefully this series will appease your cravings.
To that end, this series showcases the Rockets 82 games noting the pregame analysis, post game grades, and relevant video. Furthermore, SCS will highlight significant changes made by their opponents this summer. So, here it is – – enjoy all 82 posts as SCS takes you back over the 2015-16 season.
Game 64 – 76ers
James Harden and the Rockets will look to build off an impressive come back win in Toronto as they visit Philadelphia to square off against the 76ers. This will be Houston’s third game of their 5 – game Eastern Conference road trip.
The Rockets enter this contest with a record of 31-32 placing them two full games above the Utah Jazz. As the season is quickly coming to an end and the race for the final playoff spot starts to heat up, the Rockets must not over look a lowly opponent like the 76ers.
Tonight’s match up is by no means a cake walk as the 76ers have steadily shown improvement through their last five games by staying competitive against teams such as the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards. – Anthony Nguyen
The full pregame analysis Houston Rockets Game 64 can be viewed here
Post Game Analysis:
Even with the Sixers still feeling the absence of offensive powerhouse rookie Jahlil Okafor, the Rockets once again started the game cold and let their adversaries command the score in the first quarter.
Nevertheless, despite Houston Rockets slow start, the immense talent gap between both teams became clear as time went by. Once the Texan team took the lead they did not let go, interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff could even give their bench players some run throughout the game.
K.J. McDaniels was one of the players that took advantage of his playing time and had a solid performance as the Rockets cruised to their 32nd win and are once again at .500. – Andre Cantalogo
The full post game analysis Houston Rockets Game 64 can be viewed here.
James Harden posted 29 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Robert Covington (17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 1 block) and Nerlens Noel (17 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks) both had complete games.
Houston Rockets Game 64 NBA.com box score
Rockets Games vs 76ers in 2016-17
- November 14th at home
- January 27th in Philly at Wells Fargo Center
Draft Picks and Free Agents
Though the 76ers shouldn’t expect to make the playoffs they certainly will be improved this season. Wins and losses won’t matter as much as developing the myriad of youthful talent Philly will trot out onto the court. And, with so much talent and available cap space GM Bryan Colangelo wills surely be looking to package some of these assets for a star or some veteran talent with winning experience.
Dario Saric and Joel Embiid while not rookies will be deemed as such with one finally arriving from overseas and the latter fully healthy. Coupled with the addition of likely Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons the future looks bright in Philly.
Round 2: N/A
Incoming Free Agents/trade:
- Jerryd Bayless 3-years, $27M exits Bucks
- Sergio Rodriguez via a 1-year $2.9M
- Gerald Henderson 2-year, $18M exits Portland
- Dario Saric has signed a 4-year rookie scale contract with the club.
- Sasha Kaun (traded from Cavaliers)
Exiting Free Agents/traded:
Isaiah Canaan exits for Bulls
Re-upping:Hollis Thompson (76ers exercised option)
More Free Agent News
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