National Basketball Association
Philadelphia 135, Houston 115
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Officials: #64 Justin Van Duyne, #15 Zach Zarba, #40 Leon Wood
Attendance: 3583

Joel Embiid posted his 29th double-double as the Philadelphia 76ers extended their winning streak to six games with a 135-115 road victory over the short-handed Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

Embiid paired 34 points with 12 rebounds to pace an efficient offensive effort for the 76ers, who shot 53.2 percent from the floor, including 15 of 35 from 3-point range.

Philadelphia (45-21) added 20-for-22 free-throw shooting in establishing and maintaining a double-digit effort against the Rockets, who produced a spirited performance despite participating with a seven-player rotation.

The Houston crew shrunk to six when guard Kevin Porter Jr. (16 points, five assists) was lost to a left ankle sprain with 8:05 remaining in the third quarter. Still, it wasn't until Matisse Thybulle drilled a 3-pointer with 9:53 left in the fourth that the 76ers secured their first 20-plus-point lead of the game at 115-94.

Shake Milton scored 19 points off the Philadelphia bench. Tobias Harris added 15 points, while the 76ers' starting backcourt of Ben Simmons and Seth Curry combined for 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, six rebounds and six assists while logging 24 and 22 minutes, respectively.

Philadelphia swept the season series with Houston for the first time since 2010-11.

The Rockets (16-50) had nine players out with a 10th, guard D.J. Augustin (ankle), unavailable yet on the bench so that Houston could meet the eight-player minimum. Houston started its 38th different lineup of the season yet pushed the 76ers into the second half, slicing what was a 19-point deficit to 88-76 on a Kenyon Martin Jr. basket at the 6:06 mark of the third frame.

However, when Milton drained a trey at the third-period buzzer, the 76ers extended to a 108-91 lead. The Rockets failed to muster a reply, with their shortened rotation exposed primarily on the defensive end.

Kelly Olynyk led the Rockets with 27 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists while Martin paired a career-high 23 points with 10 rebounds and six assists. Anthony Lamb and Armoni Brooks, the Rockets' lone reserves, tallied 22 and 20 points, respectively. Lamb added six rebounds.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Philadelphia   Houston
Joel Embiid 34 Scoring Kelly Olynyk 27
Tyrese Maxey 7 Assists Kelly Olynyk 8
Joel Embiid 12 Rebounds Kelly Olynyk 11
Joel Embiid 14 Free Throws Made Kelly Olynyk 6
George Hill 3 Steals DaQuan Jeffries 2
Matisse Thybulle 3 Blocks Kelly Olynyk 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Philadelphia 135 53.2 15-35 20-22 26 47 6 10 10
Houston 115 45.2 17-45 14-18 28 38 5 6 13
Upcoming Games
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Milwaukee. The Rockets have a W/L % of .353 after a win and .204 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play their next game at home against New Orleans. The 76ers have a W/L % of .711 after a win and .619 after a loss.