Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
Houston 118, Philadelphia 108
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, January 3, 2020
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Officials: #27 Mitchell Ervin, #77 Karl Lane, #48 Scott Foster
Attendance: 18055

James Harden recorded a 40-point triple-double and Clint Capela won the matchup of talented bigs as the Houston Rockets rolled to a 118-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night in Houston.

Harden posted 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and intermittently carried the Rockets when things went awry.

Capela added 30 points and 14 rebounds to outpace 76ers center Joel Embiid (20 points, 12 boards) and help send Philadelphia to its fourth consecutive defeat since a Christmas Day blistering of the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks.

Harden was spectacular throughout, converting 6 of 12 3-pointers while finishing 12-for-12 at the free-throw line.

When the 76ers mounted one last desperate push with just under three minutes remaining, cutting the deficit to 108-102 on a Ben Simmons layup, Harden responded with back-to-back 3s to snuff that rally. It marked the first triple-double on the season for Harden.

Simmons tallied a triple-double for the 76ers with 29 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists and added four blocked shots and three steals. Tobias Harris added 24 points but Philadelphia shot just 6 of 27 from behind the arc and suffered multiple breakdowns attempting to defend Harden.

The 76ers were stout defensively in the first quarter, particularly in the early stages when Harden and Russell Westbrook started a combined 2-for-11 from the floor.

Philadelphia sagged off Westbrook and enticed him to shoot while thwarting Harden with an array of long-limbed defenders. Houston shot 30.8 percent in the opening frame and trailed 27-20 entering the second.

That's when Harden, and in a complementary fashion Capela, came alive.

Capela followed his three-point play at the 8:01 mark with a pair of dunks before Harden added a 3 and then three free throws. That tandem continued to thrive, with Harden closing the half with a 3 and a layup lifting Houston to a 60-53 lead at the break.

Harden and Capela tallied 23 points in the period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Philadelphia   Houston
Ben Simmons 29 Scoring James Harden 44
Ben Simmons 11 Assists James Harden 11
Ben Simmons 13 Rebounds Clint Capela 14
Joel Embiid 6 Free Throws Made James Harden 12
Ben Simmons 3 Steals Russell Westbrook 3
Ben Simmons 4 Blocks Clint Capela 1
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Philadelphia 108 45.7 6-27 18-25 32 44 6 7 11
Houston 118 47.7 12-32 24-32 22 46 3 6 14
Upcoming Games
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Atlanta. The Rockets have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .727 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play their next game at home against Oklahoma City. The 76ers have a W/L % of .739 after a win and .429 after a loss.