Sixers-Rockets: Philadelphia Returns Home To Beat a Hobbled Houston Team

Mike ThomasContributor IJanuary 6, 2009

The Philadelphia 76ers (14-20) returned home from a west coast road trip—in which they went 1-5—to beat to Houston Rockets(21-15).

Marreese Speights and Lou Williams had great games off the bench.

Speights had 15 points and eight rebounds, while Lou had 15 points and eight assists. They came off the bench with great sparks for the Sixers.

The Sixers were lead by their captain, Andre Iguodala, as he poured in 28 points on 12-19 shooting while Willie Green added 14 points.

Theo Ratliff provided the spark off the bench as he defended Yao Ming. Theo had three blocks and four rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Thaddeus Young had eight points and six rebounds, and Andre Miller had nine points and eight assists.

The Rockets saw all of their starters in double figures, leading them was Luis Scola, who had 18 points and 17 boards.

Hobbled Guard Tracy McGrady could not lead his team as usual and he scored only 14 points. Yao Ming had 14 points and six rebounds.

The Rockets have now lost three straight games and they were without guard Ron Artest, who was out with a ankle injury.

This was not a game for foul shots. The Sixers shot 19-35 and the Rockets made 23-32. The Sixers are back in action as they face the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow.