HOUSTON – My look at some of the best and worst performances from the Houston Rockets 120-98 victory over the 76ers on Thursday night at the Toyota Center:
Best performance: It would be insane to not give this award to James Harden. The Rockets shooting guard finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to finish with the second triple-double of his career. Not bad considering the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder sat out the fourth quarter. But before he rested, Harden did whatever he wanted to do against the Sixers. He made three-pointers, step-back jumpers and layups. He scored 10 points each in the first and third quarters.
Worst performance: This was a tough one. But in the end, I had to give this to Brandon Davies. Yes, I know that the Sixers reserve forward was tied for second on the team with six rebounds. But he struggled from the field, missing all three of his shots while finishing with two points after making 2 of 4 foul shots. The rookie out of Brigham Young also committed a turnover in 11 minutes, 10 seconds of action.
Best defensive performance: This was another tough one. But I’m giving it to Dwight Howard. The Rockets center finished with a game-high three blocked shots and two steals in 26:10 of action. The 6-11, 265-pounder also had 17 points and 13 rebounds – 10 defensive – despite sitting out the fourth quarter.