Doug Collins thinks a team puts itself in a very good spot by winning 70 percent of its home games, especially when it can win half its road games.
Last year, the Sixers won 58 percent of their games at the Wells Fargo Center and two years ago they won 63 percent. After Saturday nights home game against the Rockets, the Sixers will play 11 of their next 12 games at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers took their first step toward reestablishing a home-court advantage by beating the Rockets 107-100, improving to 10-8 at home and 16-22 overall. The win snapped a five-game losing streak.
Spencer Hawes picked up a technical foul with 6:11 to play. James Harden made the free throw, cutting what had been a 14-point second-half lead to three. It took nearly two minutes before either team scored again.
Jason Richardson made a jump shot, the Sixers got a stop and then Thaddeus Young had a fast-break dunk to make the score 100-93 with just under four minutes to play.
Follow the leader
Jrue Holiday made 5 of 9 shots in the third quarter for 11 of his team-high 30 points. Holiday also had nine assists. Young was brilliant, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
Harden had a quiet 29 points with only seven of them coming at the foul line. Harden was 7 for 8 at the charity stripe, compared to the last meeting when he was 17 for 18.
Chandler Parsons scored 23 points while Omer Asik had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sixers forced the Rockets into 17 turnovers, six of them coming in the fourth quarter. They also held Houston to 9-for-22 shooting in the final 12 minutes, including 2-for-13 from behind the arc.
Take a bow
Jason Richardson did not play Wednesday in Toronto because Doug Collins asked him to take a San Antonio Spurs day, referring to Gregg Poppovich on occasion resting his older guys in an effort to keep them productive over the course of an 82-game season.
Richardson, who Collins is expecting increased production from, came back with a 16-point performance on 7-for-15 shooting. It was Richardsons best shooting night since Dec. 21, when he was 7 for 12 in the Sixers' win over the Atlanta Hawks.
The New Orleans Hornets will visit the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. The Hornets will be at the Knicks on Sunday, going for their 12th victory of the season. Six games ago the Hornets welcomed Eric Gordon back to their fold and it is not a coincidence they are 5-1 with him in their lineup. Gordon, who has been dealing with a knee injury each of the past two seasons, is averaging 16 points but is shooting just 33 percent from the floor and 15 percent from three-point range.
The Sixers beat the Hornets, without Gordon, 77-62 in early November.
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