Joel Embiid was once again the main guy on the court for the Philadelphia 76ers. He finished off with 31 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists, thus securing his first triple-double for the 2021/22 NBA Season. The Cameroonian had his fourth consecutive game with at least 30 points, leading his team past the Rockets for the final 133-113.
31 PTS | 15 REB | 10 AST
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 4, 2022
Furkan Korkmaz has notched his first career double-double – 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Turkish displayed an 8-14 performance from the field as he scored 11 points in the third quarter. Isaiah Joe came up huge off the bench, dropping 18 points on a 5-8 from the 3-point line.
The Houston Rockets were without Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr. who were suspended due to inappropriate behavior. The team found itself in another bad streak as they have won just 2 out of their last 14 games in the NBA. This was their 8th loss in a row which gives us a flashback to their 0-15 run earlier this season.
Garrison Matthews led the way for the Rockets in the absence of some of their top players. He finished off with 23 points on a 6-10 shooting from the field. A total of 7 players from the team ended up having at least 10 points, but this was not enough in the end.
David Nwaba, an American of Nigerian descent, played a decent game coming off the bench. He scored 12 points on a 5-7 performance from the field. He added 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block.
Nwaba muscles it in for 2. 💪 pic.twitter.com/nQEQz2Y1Ub
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 4, 2022
The Philadelphia 76ers got their fourth win in a row, closing the gap to the top 3 in the East. They remain 6th in the standings with 20 wins and 16 losses. However, they still have a lot of work to do to grab one of the top 4 spots that will secure them an easier draw in the Playoffs.
The Houston Rockets are once again on the bottom of the table in the West. They are far away from the top 10 with just 10 wins from 38 games. The team will surely try to end the season on a positive note, making a smooth transition into the next one.