Houston (USA), May 5 (EFE) .- Cameroonian center Joel Embiid scored 34 points in just 25 minutes and the Philadelphia Sixers extended their winning streak to six consecutive wins, the longest there is currently in the NBA, after winning at home 115-135 over the Houston Rockets.
The leaders of the Eastern Conference held an advantage of more than 10 points during most of the game and their starters only played three periods to rest the fourth.
Houston, which has the worst record in the NBA at 16-50, lost its third straight game and eighth in the last nine.
Philadelphia also beat Houston in the first meeting this season to win the series for the first time since 2010-11.
The Rockets used a 7-2 streak on a 3 by Canadian power forward Kelly Olynyk to get closer to 12 with about six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
But the Sixers used a 9-2 streak, driven by six points from Embiid, to extend it to 97-78 two minutes later.
Embiid, who made 14 of 16 personnel shots, also finished with a double-double with 12 rebounds.
Reserve guard Shake Milton, with 19 points, finished as the Sixers’ second-best scorer and sixth player of the game.
The Sixers were up 17 after three periods and Rockets former Dwight Howard rested Embiid, who went to the bench on a decision by Philadelphia team coach Doc Rivers.
The Rockets couldn’t control it either, and Howard scored eight points during Philadelphia’s 15-8 streak early in the quarter that brought the partial lead to 99-123 with about seven minutes to go.
Howard finished the game with 10 points and eight rebounds, as the Sixers’ second best in that facet of the game.
Olynyk scored 27 points and rookie forward KJ Martin had a career-high double-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, which made him the Rockets’ second-best scorer.
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