Sam Hinkie stood contentedly in the tunnel near the 76ers locker room before Wednesday night's game. It felt like home. On this night, the new general manager entertained the Houston Rockets. And that was a special occasion, considering that Hinkie was a Rockets executive for the last nine seasons. Hinkie's Sixers gave the Rockets quite a welcome. Playing without rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the Sixers took a 123-117 overtime victory over Houston at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers (5-4) snapped a two-game losing streak. Houston has lost four of its last six games. James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points on 12-for-16 shooting for the Sixers. Anderson, who was waived by the Rockets in July, made 5 of 7 three-pointers. Tony Wroten finished with 18 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds while starting in place of Carter-Williams, and it put him in the record books: Wroten is the first player in NBA history to post a triple-double in his first start. Jeremy Lin made a game-high nine three-pointers to lead the Rockets with 34 points. Anderson forced overtime with a three-pointer that knotted the score at 106 with 6.6 seconds left. Spencer Hawes had a put-back dunk to give the Sixers a 115-114 advantage with 29 seconds remaining in overtime. They went on to build a five-point cushion before Lin's three-pointer closed the gap to 119-117 with eight seconds left in the extra session. But Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner went on to make foul shots to secure the Sixers victory. "By and large, I think [the win] says the group has resolve," said Sixers coach Brett Brown, whose team battled back from a 10-point deficit after three quarters. "The group does have a fighting spirit that I think is just admirable on their part." Carter-Williams sat out the game with a bruised arch in his left foot, suffered in Monday's setback to the San Antonio Spurs. The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder had averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 assists, and 2.6 steals in the first eight games. The Syracuse product was the Eastern Conference player of the week for the opening week of the season. He is an early candidate for rookie of the year.
Sixers stun Rockets 123-117 in overtime
Philly.com | Nov 14