HOUSTON -- As expected, the 76ers didn’t give the Houston Rockets much of a game on Thursday at Toyota Center. The Sixers' youthful, inexperienced roster couldn’t keep with the likes of James Harden and Dwight Howard, losing 120-98.
With the loss, the 76ers tied the NBA's single-season record for most consecutive defeats at 26, matching the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers. The Sixers' last win was on Jan. 29 at Boston when Evan Turner, who is no longer with the team, made a buzzer-beating layup.
The Sixers have lost 12 straight road games. Since winning a season-high four games, the Sixers are 3-36.
After the 76ers tied the game 43-43 on a reverse layup by James Anderson, a Howard alley-oop dunk from Jeremy Lin gave the Rockets a 45-43 lead with 5:59 remaining in the second quarter. After Anderson’s basket, the Rockets outscored the Sixers 20-6 to take a 63-49 halftime advantage.
Follow the leader
Anderson had a good shooting night for the 76ers with a game-high 30 points, making six three-pointers. Thaddeus Young added 15 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers.
Harden had an outstanding overall game, collecting 26 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in only three quarters. Howard had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
The Sixers took 36 three-pointers, making 14.
Through three quarters, the Rockets had 30 points off the break, matching their season-high in fast-break points. They ended up with 34 fast-break points.
Take a bow
The Rockets’ excellent ball movement was something the youthful 76ers can look at as an example of what it takes to win in the NBA. If the remainder of the season is to be used as a learning tool for the 76ers, they should look at the Rockets as a model.
Rockets starting point guard Pat Beverley left the game in the first quarter with a right knee sprain and did not return.
The 76ers will attempt not to set the NBA record for most consecutive losses when they host Detroit on Saturday. The 76ers are 0-3 this season against the Pistons, 0-1 at home.
On Jan. 10 at the Wells Fargo Center, Detroit won 114-104 despite the Sixers jumping out to a 19-4 lead.
The Sixers have lost 18 straight home games.
The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.
While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end.
Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.
Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-lowest odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-lowest odds at 3/1.
Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off.
Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets:
- Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
- Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds
- Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
- Robert Covington: 12.5 points
- Dario Saric: 5 rebounds
MIAMI — Scratch that January timetable for Ben Simmons, at least for now.
Sixers coach Brett Brown said on Friday night that he “misspoke” earlier in the day when he said that Simmons, the NBA’s No. 1 overall draft pick for 2016, is on schedule to return from foot surgery in January.
This had been the first time the Sixers put a timetable on the return of Simmons, who rolled his ankle when he landed on the foot of another player during an intra-squad scrimmage on Sept. 30.
On Friday night, before the Sixers played the Miami Heat, Brown said he misspoke on Simmons because he was “just getting excited about when he might be able to come back. There were so many dates and speculation that as a coach you sort of hear what you want to hear at times.
“I did mention a January hopeful return, and that was premature. That was a coach doing a lot more wishing than receiving instruction.”
Simmons, a 6-10, 240-pounder from Australia, was the national Freshman of the Year last season at LSU and then decided to bolt for the pros after just one collegiate year.
In six NBA summer league games earlier this year, Simmons averaged 10.8 ponits, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
“We will play this out,” Brown said of Simmons. “Everything is on track with his rehab. It’s only been two weeks since the surgery. Over a short period of time, we will be better prepared to give a statement that will map out his future.”