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Sixers Ground Rockets 107-100: Postgame Reaction Thread

Tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers won their first game since New Year's Day. Seriously.

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It wasn't easy. And after finding themselves down 20-9 midway through the first quarter, it looked as though the Philadelphia 76ers would extend their losing streak to a season-high six games. But strong performances across the board ultimately resulted in a 107-100 victory over the Houston Rockets at the Wells Fargo Center.

Oh... they tried to Sixer it away at times. A 14-point lead was cut to three with six minutes to go in the final period, but the Sixers made just enough plays down the stretch to put this one on the win column.

Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 30 points and nine assists, while Thaddeus Young chipped in 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Spencer Hawes was classic Spencer Hawes: Solid play (10 points, eight rebounds) interspersed with bonehead decisions (including an ill-advised technical foul in the fourth quarter).

Like most teams, the Sixers had no absolutely answer from James Harden (29 points, nine rebounds, six assists), but they were able to keep Jeremy Lin in check all evening (seven points on 2-for-13 shooting).

Doug Collins pulled out all of the stops in this one: Nick Young picked up his first DNP-CD of the season, while Damien Wilkins (10:59) and Royal Ivey (14:53) logged quite a bit of time against the Rockets. Ivey and Wilkins brought energy that has rarely been seen from this team over the past couple of weeks, and the Sixers actually made it a point to attack the basket tonight.

Full recap to come. Until then, enjoy your Big Macs.

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