Maxey Scores 42, Leads Undermanned 76ers To Victory Over Rockets

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In a thrilling NBA encounter, the Philadelphia 76ers, despite being understaffed, secured a hard-fought victory over the Houston Rockets with a score of 131-127. The star of the night was Tyrese Maxey, who put up an impressive 42 points, propelling the Sixers to triumph.

76ers’ coach Nick Nurse praised Maxey’s performance, noting his exceptional aggression and speed in the game. The team was without their key player, Joel Embiid, who missed his third game in a row due to a sprained right ankle.

“That was a good level of aggressiveness for him tonight,” Nurse said. “I thought he was really great with his jets on tonight.”

Embiid is also expected to miss the upcoming game against Chicago. Additionally, Nicolas Batum was absent, sidelined by a strained right hamstring. Tobias Harris contributed significantly to the 76ers’ win, adding 22 points. His consistent performance marked his fourth consecutive game, scoring at least 20 points. Coach Nurse commended Harris for his control and decisiveness, attributing his success to a surge in confidence.

“He’s been so much more in control,” Nurse said. “He’s been so much more decisive. He was attacking aggressively. That, to me, is he’s just feeling really good about his game. He’s just confident right now. I love it.”

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On the Rockets’ side, Fred VanVleet led with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun also performed with 31 and 28 points, respectively. Despite their efforts, the Rockets suffered their third consecutive defeat.

“We did our best, but on the offense, these things happen,” Sengun said. “We just couldn’t finish good at the end of the game.”

The game’s closing moments were marked by intense play. De’Anthony Melton’s driving layup and Marcus Morris’s 3-pointer and subsequent free throw extended the 76ers’ lead. Houston’s Green narrowed the gap with a 3-pointer and a layup, but Melton’s free throws secured the win for Philadelphia. The Rockets had a chance to turn the tide, but Jock Landale missed a crucial layup.

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Coach Nurse acknowledged the team’s ability to make critical shots in the game’s final moments. Meanwhile, the Rockets were without Dillon Brooks and Jabari Smith Jr. due to injuries.

“We just made some big shots down the stretch,” Nurse said.

Looking ahead, the 76ers are set to face Chicago, while the Rockets will host Detroit in their upcoming games.

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