76ers face towering challenge against Rockets

Rockets center Dwight Howard. (Bob Levey/AP)

The 76ers realize they have a tough challenge.

Power forward Dwight Howard (6-foot-11), center Omer Asik (7-0), and Chandler Parsons (6-9) make up the  NBA's biggest front line.

“We really are going to have to focus on what we have been trying all year, rebounding and getting out and making them pay in transition," Sixers center Spencer Hawes said of Wednesday's contest at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers (4-4), however, might have a hard time getting rebounds.

The Rockets (5-3) lead the league in rebounding with an average of 47.9 per game.

And so far, Howard has been a beast on the low block.

The All-Star is averaging 18.6 points and a lead-second-best 14.9 rebounds during his first season in Houston.

“I think he just looks healthy again in a system that plays more to his strengths,” Hawes of the former Los Angeles Laker and Orlando Magic, who had been dealing with a back injury. “The back thing can nag for a while. And it’s like he put that behind him.”

The Sixers must also limit shooting guard James Harden, who is averaging 24.9 points.

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