The Philadelphia 76ers got blown out by the surging Houston Rockets 107-91, in a game where they had no answer for the reigning league Most Valuable Player, James Harden. The Beard flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, and scored 20 points in the first half alone. After the game, Sixers forward Jimmy Butler shared his thoughts on defending Harden and admitted that he’s fun to watch.
Jimmy Butler on defending Harden: "You can try to deny him, but he’ll find a way to get it and make an incredible play for himself or for somebody else. That’s just who he is as a player. That’s why he’s fun to watch and everybody respects him around the league. "
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 9, 2019
Harden cooled down a bit in the second half, but his teammates were able to pick up where he left off. And the Sixers still had no answer for them.
Clint Capela finished with 18 points and nine rebounds while Eric Gordon totaled 17 points and three assists. Gerald Green had 14 points off the bench.
Before the game, Sixers head coach Brett Brown emphasized that Philly needs to be relentless in defending the 6-foot-5 step back king, something that they haven’t been able to do for the majority of the game.
The Sixers continue to miss the services of All-Star center Joel Embiid, who’s dealing with an injury.
Tobias Harris led the Sixers with 22 points and nine boards, while Butler finished with 19 and nine. Ben Simmons was one rebound away from a triple-double himself with 15 points, 10 assists, and nine boards.