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2014 NBA Summer League: Sixers-Rockets Recap

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(Jakarr Sampson was 5-5 from the field via NBA.com)

Three games into the Orlando Summer League, the Philadelphia 76ers (2-1) are looking great. Their third game versus the Houston Rockets (0-3) was a complete blowout, as they won 92-71. This game featured the return of big man Nerlens Noel, who scored 19 points in his first game.

Similar to their last game against OKC, the Sixers simply out-hustled their opponent. The game stayed close in the first quarter due to poor shooting by the Sixers and dominance of the paint by Houston’s Tarik Black.

Throughout the rest of the game, we saw a much better shooting performance by the Sixers, especially from behind the arc led by Hollis Thompson’s 4 three-pointers. Another strong 4th-quarter performance allowed the Sixers to stretch their lead from ten to twenty-one in what was a solid overall victory.

Game News and Notes:

  • Nerlens Noel made a significant impact on the defensive end by blocking 3 shots, getting 2 steals, and atltering almost every shot that came his way
  • Noel, however, struggled on the offensive end and did not seem to have a very well put-together post game
  • Casper Ware played aggressively and attacked the basket with purpose (16 points, 5-5 from the free throw line)
  • K.J. McDaniels and Hollis Thompson provided a perimeter threat, knocking down a combined 6 three-pointers (McDaniels 15 points, Thompson 14 points)
  • The Sixers did a great job of turning defense into offense and using their length to their advantage (forced 24 turnovers and blocked 8 shots)
  • Although he struggled from the free throw line, JaKarr Sampson was strong with the ball and did not miss a single shot (13 points, 8 rebounds)
  • Aside from a few players, the Sixers once again struggled from the free throw line (58% from the line)
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