Houston Rockets 104 – 108 Indiana Pacers:
James Harden return could not earn a win for Houston Rockets, as they record consecutive loss in their last two games, with 104-108 loss to the Indiana Pacers, near Orlando.
Houston Rockets have been without both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the court at the same time, for the past couple of games, as the latter was on Wednessday diagnosed of right quad injury after undergoing an undergone an MRI on his quad, showing a strain. They will also miss the services of the Former Oklahoma City Thunder player on Friday, when they face the Sixers.
Myles Turner scored a double double 18 points 12 rebounds, followed by Justin Holiday who equalled the points, Turner’s points figures, 18. Victor Oladipo added 16 points, with two other players scoring double points figures.
James Harden back to his best, as he recorded 45 points 17 assist, for the Rockets. Jeff Green added 14 points, Eric Gordon scored 13 points.
It was like Indiana Pacers had sealed the win when they led with 104-90 with 5:05 remaining. Then James Harden got Houston going, cutting it to 106-104 on with a driving basket with 27 seconds to go. The loss means Houston Rockets have lost two straight game since the NBA restarted.
Philadelphia Sixers 121 – 125 Toronto Raptors:
Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher both scored 19 points, a-piece, as Toronto Raptors rallied back to beat Philadelphia Sixers 121-125, to continue impressive run.
Philadelphia 76ers led for most part of the game, they spent 40:45 in front, but failed to seal win over the Defending Champions. Sixers played surprisingly played with guard Joel Embiid, who finished the game with 5 points (two of them on technical FTs) and five turnovers. Embiid only spent 12 minutes on court.
Tobias Harris was the game highest scorer, with 29 points, and recording 8/13 field goals attempt. Furkman Korkmaz registered 21 points, while Raul Neto pumped in 17 points.
Oklahoma City Thunder 116 – 115 Miami Heats:
Darius Brazley scores a team-high 21 points, first time, that Brazley will record three-successive team-highs for Oklahoma City Thunder, as they fought hard to beat stubborn Miami Heats, 116-115 near Orlando.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scooped 18 points for the Thunders, as German, Dennis Schroder who was nominated as a contender for the NBA sixth man of year award, could return on Friday, when OKC Thunder faces LA Clippers. Schroder left the bubble to attend to family matters.
Tyler Herro added 30 points for Miami heats, Duncan Robinson scoring 19 points.