Lin: 'Guys are starting to click'
For a while, the Rockets' bench was getting dominated by the Sixers' version. That changed as the game went on.
There was a point in time when Philadelphia's bench was outscoring Houston's bench 43-7. Then, late in the third quarter, the Rockets' reserves picked it up.
Greg Smith made four straight Rockets buckets during a decisive late third quarter run, spurring some energy the Rockets would maintain the rest of the game.
After the game, Smith said, "It was on us." He was implying the sense of pride the bench players have in producing quality minutes.
It just got better from there. Toney Douglas scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter, including five three-pointers, as the Rockets simply pulled away.
By the end of the game, the Sixers bench still had the overall edge 65-34, but the difference didn't seem quite as pronounced with the Rockets winning their fourth win in five games.
In other words, the Rockets bench made its presence felt.