After losing their fourth game in a row on Friday night, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers stated that it was “frustrating” and that “it was taking a toll” on him. While it’s understandable when you are used to being successful, sometimes you just have to tip your cap and move on. Friday night’s game on the road against the Houston Rockets was one of those, as James Harden was simply the best player on the court by far.
He put up 44 points, and as if that wasn’t enough he also grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 11 assists to record a triple-double in the 118-108 victory. Harden wasn’t the only one to record one, either, as Sixers’ star Ben Simmons also did so, notching 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists to his name. However, the telling difference was made by Harden, who scored 12 of his 44 from the free throw line, never missing once from the charity stripe. He also got a lot of help from Clint Capela, who added 30 points and 14 boards. Embiid had 20 and 12, but he still left flustered and frustrated with it all.