76ers extend win streak to 4 games with win against the Houston Rockets
The Rockets gave a good effort throughout this game, and held it close up until the third quarter before the Sixers took a commanding lead, outscoring the Rockets 41-29 in the frame.
For just the third time in his career, Joel Embiid notched a triple double, finishing with 31 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists, while shooting 60% from the field. Daniel Theis has to dread the days where he has to try to check Embiid, because I’ve never seen it work out well for him.
Embiid dominated in all facets of the game and flashed some unbelievable skill on both ends of the floor. Embiid’s game has continued to expand as he has started to punish teams in transition by handling the ball and forcing their bigs to guard in space.
Since his return to the team after being out with COVID, he has been nothing short of spectacular, and tonight was no different.
We haven’t seen Korkmaz at his best in quite a while, so seeing him drop 24 points and grabbing a career high 11 rebounds was very refreshing.
After struggling for the majority of December, Korkmaz has come to life over the last few games. He drilled three shots from beyond the arc, but more importantly looked much more comfortable handling the ball in traffic and getting to the rim proficiently.
Having Korkmaz playing well and acting as another threat from all three levels gives this offense a much more well rounded base. I know he gets a lot of hate, but these are the games where you love to have Furky.
Yes, we have to talk about Tobias Harris. Things continue to get worse for Harris and tonight might have been the tipping point. He finished with just 14 points in this game, and making 6-of-15 shots from the floor.
Harris is shooting well below 30% from beyond the arc this season, consequently shooting 0/3 from distance tonight.
Harris is clearly bothered by how the fans have treated him while he continues to play bad on the court. At different points throughout the game, he encouraged booing from 76ers fans after he missed shots, and was then on camera telling fans “don’t fucking clap” when he did make a bucket.
Interesting tactics from Harris, when really, the only thing needed is for him to play better and more consistently and then 76ers fans will have his back. It’s really not a hard concept.
At the end of the night, the 76ers had to beat the Rockets. They were without their two best players and are simply a bad basketball team. Houston has now lost eight straight games while the 76ers have won four in a row, so a 20 point victory is essentially expected in this scenario.
The Sixers travel to Orlando to play the Magic on Wednesday night.
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