(PHILADELPHIA) — James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points, Tony Wroten added a triple-double, and the Philadelphia 76ers stunned the Houston Rockets 123-117 on Wednesday night.
Playing in place of injured rookie Michael Carter-Williams, Wroten had 18 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds as the Sixers improved to 5-4.
“First time for everything,” he said. “I never had a triple-double at any level, not middle school, high school, anywhere.”
The Rockets (5-4) were without injured All-Star James Harden, who sat out with a bruised left foot. Jeremy Lin started in his place and scored 34 points, while Dwight Howard added 23 points and 15 rebounds.
“It was my worst defensive game of the season,” Lin said. “Tomorrow has to be my best defensive game of the season.”
The Sixers were widely regarded as one of the worst teams in the NBA at the start of the season. Rookie head coach Brett Brown has already led them to impressive wins over the Bulls and Heat. They can now add a win over the mighty Rockets to their resume this season.
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Jill Martin, CNN