Rockets miss chances in loss to Sixers

Rockets miss chances in loss to Sixers
January 12, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Highlights: Rockets fall to Sixers in Philly


The Rockets could not get over the hump in the latter half of the fourth quarter in a 107-100 loss to the 76ers.

This was their third straight loss, all on the road, after a five-game winning streak. James Harden led the way with 29 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, but he was outshined by Jrue Holiday’s 30 points, nine assists, and four steals.

Omer Asik bounced back from a nightmarish Friday free-throw shooting performance to have 16 points (6-7 FG’s), 10 rebounds, and he was a perfect 4-4 from the line. Chandler Parsons added 23 points and nine rebounds.

Turning point

The Rockets had cut the Sixers’ lead to 96-93 with 6:11 left. For the next 4:40-ish, they didn’t score another point and the game stretched out of range.

From the field

Houston shot 37-for-84 (44 percent) from the field and 8-32 (25 percent) from downtown. Carlos Delfino was the one who didn’t struggle from distance, going 4-7 from beyond the arc.

At the line

After an atrocious Friday (it wasn’t limited to just Asik), the Rockets picked it up considerably on Saturday, going 18-22 for 81.8 percent.

Highlight reel

Harden provided the highlight of highlights with some astounding dribbling in the fourth quarter that left all witnesses befuddled and speechless as to how to describe the play. That was the bucket that cut the lead to 96-93.

Up next

The Rockets get some home cooking, but the Clippers, one of the NBA's top teams, come to town on Tuesday. The road certainly doesn’t get any easier.