Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - James Anderson had a career-high 36
points, while Tony Wroten added a triple-double with 18 points, 11 assists and
10 rebounds, to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 123-117 overtime win over
the Houston Rockets at Wells Fargo Center.
Jeremy Lin scored 34 points with 12 assists for Houston, with Dwight Howard
finishing with 23 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
With time winding down in regulation and the Sixers trailing 106-103, Wroten
drove the lane but was blocked off by Howard and was forced to heave it
towards half-court. Anderson outjumped Lin to the ball and proceeded to hit
a game-tying 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left to send it to an extra session.
Evan Turner then took over for Philadelphia, scoring eight of his 23
points in overtime to close out the win.
Playing without leading scorer James Harden, Houston took a 10-point lead at
90-80 into the final quarter.
The Rockets trailed by three at halftime, but opened up their biggest lead
to that point when they opened the third quarter on a 15-4 run to take a 72-64
lead with 7:05 left in the period. Lin led the charge by hitting three 3-
pointers during the spurt.
Houston pushed its lead to a game-high of 10 at the end of the third quarter
when Chandler Parsons made a driving layup and Omri Casspi hit a 3-pointer
with 34.9 seconds left.
With the Sixers trailing 100-91, Spencer Hawes hit his second consecutive 3-
pointer and Anderson hit two free throws to make it a two-possession game with
Casspi made a layup with 4:21 left in regulation, but Anderson answered once
again with a 3-pointer in transition to pull Philadelphia within three at
Hawes blocked Howard after a Houston timeout and Thaddeus Young connected on a
turnaround hook shot to bring the Sixers within one with 2:14 left.
A frantic final 24 seconds helped the Rockets take a three-point lead before
Anderson tied it up.
Young blocked Parsons with Houston up one, but Turner lost the ball and
Patrick Beverley came up with the steal, was fouled, and converted both
free throws to make it a 106-103 game with 18.2 seconds left.
Turner opened up the extra period with a smooth reverse layup to give the
Sixers their first lead since halftime. Young was then fouled and made 1-of-2
to put the Sixers up 109-106 with 2:33 left in OT.
Howard answered at the other end when he made a layup from Parsons and was
fouled on the play. A career 57.6 percent free throw shooter, Howard hit the
clutch free throw to tie the game.
Turner then followed with a layup, but Lin tied a Wells Fargo Center record
with his eighth 3-pointer of the game for a 112-111 Houston lead with 1:51
Young, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, added two free throws
at the 1:07 mark to regain the lead for Philadelphia.
Howard was the man down the stretch for Houston, who hit a running hook shot
over Hawes with 49.9 seconds left as the see-saw battle continued.
Off a missed layup from Turner, Hawes came in and made the putback dunk over
Howard for a 115-114 advantage with 34.9 seconds left.
After a Houston timeout, the Rockets ran isolation for Howard, who was double-
teamed by Hawes and Young and coughed up the ball.
Turner was then fouled and free throws sealed it for Philadelphia, which has
now won five of its last six from Houston in the City of Brotherly Love.
The first half was more of the track meet that many expected when Houston, the
fifth-ranked offensive team in the NBA played the last-ranked defensive team
Philadelphia, playing without rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, led
60-57 after 24 minutes, with nine lead changes and 11 ties during the opening
Parsons scored 22 points with six rebounds for Houston, which travels to New
York for a meeting with the Knicks on Thursday.
Hawes went 3-of-5 from 3-point range and finished with 18 points and nine
Wroten's triple-double was the first by a player making his first career start
since 1970-71 ... Lin finished with nine 3-pointers to set a Wells Fargo
Center record ... The Sixers have committed 13 turnovers and have had at least
15 turnovers in every game this season ... Philadelphia will hit the road for
a three-game trip beginning in Atlanta on Friday.
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