3/9/2019 12:16:27 PM

Rockets beat 76ers to extend win streak to seven

Rockets beat 76ers to extend win streak to seven

Los Angeles, USA: James Harden racked up 31 points and 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets stretched their winning streak to a season-best seven games on Friday by beating the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-91.

Houston dominated for much of the game, scoring 37 points in the first quarter and leading by 22 points at the end of the third quarter at the Toyota Center arena in Texas.

The 76ers cut the lead to 16 with five minutes remaining but Harden scored his 30th point of the contest soon after. 

With the Rockets in cruise control, coach Mike D'Antoni took several of his starters out of the game to give the reserves some playing time.

The Rockets got their revenge as Philadelphia had won the first meeting of the teams this season in January, 121-93, behind 32 points from center Joel Embiid. 

But Embiid was out on Friday due to a knee injury.

Philadelphia's Tobias Harris finished with 22 points and Ben Simmons played through the discomfort of a bad stomach to score 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds as the 76ers lost their second straight game.

Philadelphia shot just three of 26 from three-point range, with JJ Redick going one for nine and Mike Scott missing all five attempts.

The Rockets got a scare in the first half when Harden collided with Simmons and went crashing to the floor. He appeared to be in pain but got up and went to the dressing room.

After receiving treatment, he returned to help the Rockets to a 59-44 lead at the half.

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