Wednesday evening both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets were a man short. Michael Carter-Williams and James Harden both sat the game out, which allowed other players to step up. That’s exactly what Tony Wroten did.
Wroten drew the start and looked very impressive. Neither team played much defense and Wroten took full advantage of his 41 minutes on the floor. The young guard did a little bit of everything and recorded a triple-double to lead the Sixers past the Rockets.
James Anderson also had a career night and shot 12-16 from the field for 36 points.
For the Rockets, Dwight Howard let the way with an impressive stat line: 23 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and six blocks. Jeremy Lin started at the shooting guard spot and built on his impressive performance in the previous game, dropping 34 points and dishing out 12 assists.
While losing to a red-hot Sixers team is not really a disaster, the Rockets’ lack of effort on the defensive end is already raising huge question marks in regards to their championship aspirations.