76ers 123, Rockets 117 (OT)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Guard/forward James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points, and a dunk by center Spencer Hawes with 34.9 seconds left in overtime Wednesday put the Philadelphia 76ers ahead to stay in a 123-117 win over the Houston Rockets.
Guard Tony Wroten -- starting for Michael Carter-Williams (left arch bruise) -- had 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Sixers (5-4), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
It was the first career triple-double for Wroten.
Houston guard Jeremy Lin, starting for the injured James Harden (bruised left foot), scored a season-high 34 points, hitting nine of 15 3-point attempts. He also had 12 assists. Center Dwight Howard added 23 points, 15 rebounds and six assists for the Rockets (5-4), and guard/forward Chandler Parson scored 22 points.
Anderson forced overtime by sinking a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left in regulation, but the Rockets moved to a 114-113 lead with 49.1 seconds left in the extra period on Howard's hook shot.
Philadelphia guard Evan Turner, who scored 23 points, missed a layup in traffic, but Hawes was there to slam home the rebound, giving the Sixers a 115-114 advantage. After a Houston turnover, Turner made two free throws with 18.8 seconds remaining, and Anderson made two more to stretch the lead to 119-114.
Hawes had 18 points and nine rebounds. Forward Thaddeus Young added 15 points and eight boards.
Philadelphia, down 92-82 with 9:13 left in the game, pieced together a 21-11 run that included two 3-pointers apiece by Anderson and Hawes. Wroten's layup with 1:44 to play tied the game at 103-103.
Parsons made a free throw with 48.2 seconds left, then blocked Wroten's layup with 39 seconds to play. After an exchange of turnovers, Houston guard Patrick Beverley connected twice at the foul line with 18.2 seconds to play, putting the Rockets ahead, 106-103,
Anderson then nailed an off-balance 3-pointer from the top of the key to knot the score again.
Parsons missed a jumper in the closing seconds, and Wroten caught iron with a half-court heave at the buzzer.
Lin scored 12 of his points in the third quarter, nine of them in the first 4:55, when the Rockets turned a 60-57 halftime deficit into a 72-64 lead. They extended that to 90-80 by the end of the period, and they were up 94-82 early in the fourth quarter.
Howard and Lin scored eight points apiece as the Rockets moved to a 31-27 lead in the closing seconds of the first quarter, but the Sixers assembled a 16-6 run extending into the second period that vaulted them into a 43-37 lead. Anderson contributed eight points to the run (including a pair of 3-pointers), and backup point guard Darius Morris had five.
Philadelphia maintained a lead the rest of the quarter, settling for a 60-57 lead at halftime. Lin and Howard both had 16 points by that point, while Anderson paced the Sixers with 15.
NOTES: The game marked a reunion for Sam Hinkie, the Sixers' first-year general manager, as he spent the previous eight years in the Houston organization, most recently as the executive vice president. He said there is "a sobering reality" to building a franchise and "some similarities that you have to take stock of" regardless of the situation. "You have to try to figure out what your best options are to achieve your goals," he said. "And we have been very open about our goals. They are pretty lofty, set by our owners." ... F Terrence Jones made his first start of the season for Houston, and he scored 10 points. He replaced C Omer Asik, as the Rockets went with a smaller lineup against the undersized Sixers.

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