NBA Game Summary - Houston at Philadelphia
(Friday, December 11th)
Final Score: Houston 96, Philadelphia 91
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Aaron Brooks scored 19 points and hit a pivotal shot in the waning seconds, as Houston handed Philadelphia its 12th straight defeat, 96-91, at Wachovia Center.
Houston's bench paved the way for its fifth win in six games, outscoring the Philly reserves 46-6.
"We don't have any stars. We play as a team. Every night it's someone different," Rockets head coach Rick Adelman said.
Carl Landry and Chase Budinger were sparks off the pine with 20 and 15 points, respectively, while Luis Scola had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Andre Iguodala posted a game-high 24 points while Elton Brand chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, owners of the franchise's longest losing streak since the 1996-97 season.
"It's tough," Sixers head coach Eddie Jordan said. "We are competing. That locker room is solid and those guys will continue to push forward."
The teams traded runs midway through the fourth, as an Iguodala dunk cut the Sixers' deficit to 89-84 with 4 1/2 minutes to go. The margin remained five after several trips to the foul line, but Allen Iverson, who finished with 20 points, hit an off-balanced shot to get within 94-91, with 1:06 left.
Brooks and Brand exchanged misses, but Brooks atoned with a back-breaking fadeaway from the left baseline as the shot clock expired for an insurmountable five-point lead with 8.5 seconds remaining.
It was a tale of two quarters in the first half. The Sixers came out hot and led 29-19 after 12 minutes, but Houston pulled within 51-48 by halftime.
The visitors rode the momentum into the second half, and a pair of Brooks three-pointers bookended a 13-0 run for the Rockets, who jumped in front, 66-54, with 5 1/2 minutes left in the frame.
The Sixers trailed 76-64 at the end of the third and inched closer in the fourth, as a Thaddeus Young free throw at the eight-minute mark made it 82-76.
Philly had a 13-game slide from December 28, 1996 to January 20, 1997. The Sixers, who have lost five straight at home, will try to break their skid on Monday against Golden State...Trevor Ariza had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets...Young finished with 15 points and 11 boards for the Sixers, who received 14 rebounds from Samuel Dalembert.
12/11 23:10:20 ET