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Sixers stop Harden to pick up the win in prime time

NBA: Houston Rockets at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Cocaine, PCP, Acid, Mushrooms, Mountain Dew Ice. None of those drugs could match the feeling that the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team just pumped into my body in the 121-93 win over the Houston Rockets.

Sixers 10-Day signee Corey Brewer played like a drunk pirate who had been marooned on an island before Elton Brand called him up and said, “suit up, but keep drinking.”

Read this next part in the Stefon voice.

This game had everything…

Joel Embiid jawing James Harden.

JJ Redick did a CP3 dribble?

An Amir Johnson 3-pointer?

A SUCCESSFUL FROSTY FREEZE OUT.

It all started with T.J. McConnell, who got under Harden’s skin early, and from that point on, the Sixers started to run away with it. The game felt like a Process-era game of chaos, except we actually had a good team, and we didn’t lose.

Lately, conversations have been swirling about the Sixers just flat out not being fun and lacking the charm that we got accustomed to during the end of last season. This game was a pleasant relapse into controlled anarchy and hysteria.

The Sixers stunted the white hot James Harden, holding him to a mere 37 points (and six turnovers). The Sixers’ supporting cast shut down the rest of the Rockets... holding the Not James Hardens to just 56 points.

In a game that did not feature Jimmy Butler, the Sixers played with a confidence and swagger that electrified the Wells Fargo Center and allowed the team to coast off that energy and hold a large lead for the entire second half.

Final stat lines included:

Joel Embiid - 32 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks

JJ Redick - 16 points, +23 plus/minus

Landry Shamet - 18 points

Ben Simmons - 9 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists

Jonah Bolden - 0 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 4 blocks

Next game is Wednesday at 8 pm against the Spurs.