HARDEN SCORES 32 TO POWER ROCKETS 115–88 WIN OVER 76ERS
HOUSTON, TX. — James Harden continued his incredible start to the new season as he torched the Philadelphia 76ers with 33 points and nine assists in just 33 minutes as the Rockets won by 27 points, 115–88, at the Toyota Center.
The Houston play-maker dominated the opening quarter against the hapless Sixers outfit scorching the visiting side with 23 points on a perfect eight from eight from the field setting setting a career high for points in a quarter.
Philadelphia had no answers for “The Beard’s” onslaught as he scored 17 straight points for the Rockets during a 17–9 run blowing out the lead in the process and never looked back.
Philadelphia rookie revelation Joel Embiid provided what resistance he could adding 13 points and 10 rebounds in his 23 minutes of court time as he is still on a minutes restriction but it wasn’t enough to overcome the hot-shooting Rockets.
The Rockets supporting cast did their jobs in head coach Mike D’Antoni’s hyper-offence, the team combined to make an impressive 17 three-pointers adding to their impressive league leading total and extended their run of making at least 10 three-pointers to nine straight games, a franchise record.
A third quarter explosion by the Rockets adding another 28 points while holding the 76ers to an abysmal five of 19 shooting from the field to take a commanding 93–68 lead into the final quarter securing the victory.
Harden has embraced his new role of “points guard” controlling everything the Rockets do on offence, which has seen the savvy guard average a mind boggling 12.4 assists per game through the opening 10 games of the season while also scoring more than 24 points in every contest.
If it wasn’t for ex-teammate Russell Westbrook’s otherworldly opening to the season then Harden would have to be the early clear favourite for the MVP award.
Harden has scored more points than Kevin Durant, trails LeBron James by only eight rebounds and has dished more assists than Westbrook, while his Rockets hold a solid seventh place in the West standings.
An amazing start to what could be an amazing season for the ages.
Houston Rockets (6–4) 115–88 (1–9) Philadelphia 76ers
Player of the Game: James Harden (HOU)
Points: 33 — James Harden (HOU)
Rebounds: 13 — Clint Capela (HOU)
Assists: 9 — James Harden (HOU)
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