Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. add up to 51 points as the Houston Rockets extend their home win streak to three games with a 132-123 double overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.
Green scored a team-high 27 with seven assists while Porter added 24 points and six rebounds. Porter, Eric Gordon (14 points) and Jabari Smith Jr. (16 points, 11 rebounds) scored 3 points in the second overtime to help Houston beat the 76ers for a third consecutive loss.
Joel Embiid scored the highest 39 points of the game, but his late turn resulted in a free-throw by Porter with 2.9 seconds remaining, forcing second injury time. Embiid made a mistake in the play.
Tobias Harris added 27 points when he shot 7/8 3-pointers for the 76ers, while James Harden scored 21 points and 7 assists on his return from 14 games absent. Harden missed 15 of 19 shots.
Behind Embiid, the 76ers erased a 9-point deficit in the fourth quarter. His free throws at 4:31 to the left gave Philadelphia a 102-101 lead but Smith responded immediately to the Rockets with a 3-pointer, setting the stage for a run-in and a tense fourth half. .
When Green finished the three-point play at 1:48, the Rockets took a 108-105 lead only for Harden to score a 3 on the stopwatch on his next hold for the 76ers. Houston was forced to turn around with three seconds left, but Green missed the whistle to force stoppage time.
🚀 Jalen Green & Kevin Porter Jr. combine with 51 PTS points to take the lead @HoustonRockets to win a horror movie two extras! @JalenGreen: 27 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST@Kevinporterjr: 24 points, 6 REB, 4 3 pm pic.twitter.com/VjxuIJcmOs
– NBA (@NBA) December 6, 2022
After amassing 17 points on the bench in the first half, the Rockets hit that total in the third inning with Tari Eason doing a bit of everything as he scored 11 of his 18 points in the span. this time.
Eason was a disruptor on defense (three steals) and extra effort on the glass (six rebounds) and was instrumental in helping Houston extend a 90-84 lead in the final half.
The 76ers took a 10-0 lead before the Rockets scored on two of Porter’s free-throws with 9:16 remaining in lead time. Houston survived the tattered first quarter thanks to its accuracy at the line, overtaking the 6 to 15 from the floor by sinking 13 of its 15 free throws.
And despite that early lead, plus Embiid and Harden teaming up for 21 points in the first half, the 76ers saw their advantage evaporate as Gordon hit a treble at 11:44 of the second inning.
Back in contention, the Rockets were undaunted. When Furkan Korkmaz and Harris battled each other for 3 seconds, the 76ers took a 45-37 lead midway through the second half.
Philadelphia regained that eight-point advantage later in the second inning as Harris sank 3 in a row in a three-minute span, but the Rockets closed the first half with a 9-0 lead initiated by Green, who had driving phase, turning in 11.8 seconds to the left gave Houston a 56-55 lead.
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