Atlanta (37-30) extended their winning streak to three games and has now won seven straight games at home. Devin Booker led Phoenix (47-19) with 30 points, meaning he has had 30 or more in six of his last seven games. Mikal Bridges added 18 points as the Suns lost ground on Utah in the battle for top seed status.
Joel Embiid had 34 points in just 25 minutes and the Philadelphia 76ers extended their winning streak to six games with a 135-115 victory over the short-handed Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The Eastern Conference leaders were up by double figures for most of the night and their starters barely had to play in the fourth quarter to keep the NBA’s longest active winning streak going. Houston, which has the NBA’s worst record at 16-50, lost its third straight and eighth in nine games.
The struggling Houston Rockets (16-50) entered Wednesday’s game with only eight active players due to widespread roster injuries and issues with the NBA’s health and safety protocols, and they ended with even less due to yet another injury suffered by a key player. Second-year guard Kevin Porter Jr. limped off the court and to the locker room during the third quarter of Wednesday’s home loss (box score) to Philadelphia, and the Rockets ruled him out almost immediately, citing a left ankle sprain.