HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Despite losing starting point guard Patrick Beverley to a knee injury in the first half, the Houston Rockets cruised to their fifth straight victory 120-98 per the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night at Toyota Center. With the victory, the Rockets handed the Sixers their NBA record-tying 26th consecutive defeat.
James Harden paced the Houston offense by tallying his second career triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds in 10 assists in the win. Harden accomplished the triple-double in just three quarters of play and did not play in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.
Beverley, who was experiencing flu-like symptoms before the game, left with what coach Kevin McHale called a “tweak” of his right knee in the early moments of the second quarter. Beverley will undergo an MRI on the knee on Friday.
Dwight Howard chipped in with a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Terrence Jones added 20 points. Both Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin talked seven assists and scored 16 and 13 points respectively.
Former Rocket James Anderson led the Sixers with 30 points including six three-pointers. Michael Carter-Williams scored four points, but had a team high 10 assists in a losing effort for the Sixers.
The Rockets will return to Toyota Center on Saturday as they take on the Pacific leading Los Angeles Clippers. The Rockets have failed to beat the Clippers in three attempts this season. Houston trails L.A. by a single game for the third seed in the Western Conference.
The Sixers will look to avoid the record for extended futility when they host Detroit on Saturday night. They are now tied with the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the worst losing streak in NBA history.
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