|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -29Young and Anderson accounted for the first 17 points of the game. It was that kind of night for the Sixers.|
|Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -12Sims doesn’t have much of an offensive game, but he managed to get to the line eight times while tallying 18 points. The Sims/Varnado/Davies combination did little to hinder Dwight Howard, or any Rockets player driving through the lane. The Rockets made a living in the lane tonight, besting Philly 62-36 in the paint. Too many easy layups.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -17Tough night for MCW, who only managed 4 points and 10 assists on 2-11 shooting. Jeremy Lin broke down the defense on several occasions with his dribble penetration. The stat sheet shows two steals, but it was matador defense for most of the night.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 11-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | -15Revenge game 2.0! Anderson, who burned Houston for 36 points in their first matchup at the Wells Fargo Center, put up 30 more tonight on 11-18 shooting. Couldn’t defend a soul, but that’s for another day.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -7You would think in a Sixers/Rockets matchup, Thompson would put up at least 7-10 shots. Not so. Thompson took only four shots, all 3-pointers. He made two, but he could have missed all four. That’s not the issue. Thompson needs to take some of the pressure off of MCW and Thad on the offensive end.|
By the Numbers: 26. Sixers tied the 2010-11 Cavs with their 26th straight defeat.
Quote of the Game: “There’s an old saying about those who forget history. I don’t remember it, but it’s good.”
― Stephen Colbert
Parting Shots: Let’s start with the good news: The Bucks won! So that’s something.
The Sixers needed to play perfect basketball for 48 minutes in order to stop the streak. Of course, that did not happen. They did shoot the 3-ball at a pretty decent clip (14-36), highlighted by James Anderson’s revenge game 2.0 and Casper Ware’s strip/steal/half-court shot to end the first quarter.
Other than that, this game went pretty much as scripted. Dwight Howard had a double-double at halftime and James Harden recorded a triple-double while sitting out the fourth quarter. Philly couldn’t defend the paint, the 3-point line, or the fast break. Ball game.
History can be made on Saturday at home against the Detroit Pistons. Together we stink.