Sixers' Brett Brown: 'That was a playoff crowd'

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Philadelphia 76ers' Brett Brown in action during an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

 76ers’ games are once again a hot ticket in Philadelphia.

There were 20,588 on hand at the Wells Fargo Center Friday night for the Sixers’ fourth sellout of the season.  Former Sixer great Allen Iverson along with comedian/actor Kevin Hart and recording artist Meek Mill, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and several Eagles - including Connor Barwin and Malcolm Jenkins  – were in attendance.

The Houston Rockets ultimately prevailed, 123-118, thanks in large part to James Harden’s 51 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds.

But …

"You hear me talk about our players, and a playoff mentality, having a mentality to play in the playoffs," said coach Brett Brown said. "That crowd was fantastic. That was a playoff crowd."

The crowd got on the Rockets and the referees. It cheered on the Sixers and broke out the ‘Trust the Process’ and ‘MVP’ chants whenever Joel Embiid went to the foul line.  And Harden and Hart had a playful back-and-forth during the game.

“The atmosphere was good, it got me going a little bit," Harden said. "I'm sure it got my teammates going, and it's always fun to play in games like that."

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