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Philadelphia 134, Houston 96
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, August 14, 2020
Where: AdventHealth Arena, Orlando, Florida
Officials: #34 Kevin Cutler, #61 Courtney Kirkland, #5 Kane Fitzgerald
Attendance: 0

Tobias Harris paired 18 points with seven rebounds in 24 minutes while Joel Embiid added 14 points and six rebounds in limited action as the Philadelphia 76ers turned a blistering first-half shooting display into a runaway 134-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday near Orlando.

The 76ers (43-30) shot 60 percent prior to the intermission, including a robust 10 of 16 on 3-pointers, in cruising to a 24-point halftime lead. Harris paced four 76ers in double figures with 12 points and Embiid chipped in 11 while corralling all six of his boards for Philadelphia, which will open the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs Monday against the Boston Celtics (48-24).

The Rockets (44-28) closed the seeding games with three consecutive losses following a 4-1 start. Houston will be the fourth seed in the Western Conference and will open the playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder (44-28) on Tuesday. The Rockets will be without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook (quad), who played 11 seasons in Oklahoma City, for the start of the series.

James Harden recorded his 22nd double-double for the Rockets, posting game-highs in points (27) and assists (10). With a pair of free throws at the 5:39 mark of the first quarter, Harden passed Hall of Famer center Walt Bellamy (20,941 points) for 36th in NBA career scoring.

Jeff Green added 17 points while Eric Gordon, playing his second game after being sidelined to open the restart with an ankle sprain, tallied 13 points. In addition to Westbrook, the Rockets played without starting forward Danuel House Jr. (toe).

The 76ers closed the opening period with a 19-5 run after a Green basket gave the Rockets their final lead at 21-20 at the 4:22 mark. Furkan Korkmaz scored 10 first-quarter points on 3-of-3 shooting for the 76ers, who added a 13-0 run in the second quarter. When Gordon and Harden combined for a 9-0 run that pulled Houston to within 82-71 in the third, Harris drilled a 3-pointer to ignite a 21-4 run that served as the knockout blow and cleared both benches.

Alec Burks scored 16 off the bench for the 76ers. Al Horford had 10 points and four assists.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Philadelphia   Houston
Tobias Harris 18 Scoring James Harden 27
Alec Burks 5 Assists James Harden 10
Tobias Harris 7 Rebounds Bruno Caboclo 6
Raul Neto 5 Free Throws Made James Harden 5
Matisse Thybulle 4 Steals Bruno Caboclo 2
Matisse Thybulle 2 Blocks Robert Covington 2
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Philadelphia 134 56.3 18-38 18-22 31 51 4 8 16
Houston 96 43.8 12-48 14-16 25 27 9 10 17
Upcoming Games
  • Philadelphia will play their next game on the road against Boston. The 76ers have a W/L % of .659 after a win and .500 after a loss.