On Monday night the 0-3 Philadelphia 76ers welcomed the Houston Rockets and their undefeated record to the Wells Fargo Center for a game no one really gave the Sixers a chance in Hell of winning.
And while the Sixers did lose 104-93 after a valiant effort that kept the game close for the first three quarters, that isn’t what anyone in Philly is going to be talking about.
No, the topic will definitely be that Nerlens Noel continues to prove that the rest of the league letting him slip to No.6 in the draft was a huge mistake. He finished the game with 10 points, five assists, six steals, a single rebound and a block that no one is going to soon forget.
I believe that what you call getting “posterized”.
Noel may be raw on the offensive end and his shot may need a ton of work, but defensively? I think he’s going to be just fine. Sixers fans are already dreaming of the day when he and Joel Embiid are prowling the paint together.
As for the rest of the team, Tony Wroten once again led the Sixers’ scorers with 20 points while K.J. McDaniels came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points and continues to show that he belongs in the starting lineup. Brandon Davies made his first career start in place of Henry Sims and had 13 points and four rebounds.
For the Rockets, Harden led all scorers with 35 points while Trevor Aziza has a field day at the three-point line, hitting six to add to his total of 24. The Rockets killed the Sixers from beyond the arc, draining 16 threes on the night including one with 7:09 that seemed to take what little fight was left out of the 76ers.
Next up, the winless Orlando Magic come to South Philly on Wednesday.