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3 observations: Joel Embiid, Sixers hold off Rockets to end losing skid

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It turns out they were up to the task of playing without Simmons as they were able to knock off the Houston Rockets at home 118-113 to end a 3-game losing skid.

The zone defense allowed Philadelphia to rally to beat the Indiana Pacers earlier in the season so it’s easy to see why coach Doc Rivers went to it early in this one when the Rockets got off to a hot start.

3-point shooting

The Sixers were on the wrong end of some lopsided 3-point numbers in both of their losses to the Phoenix Suns and the Utah Jazz to end the road trip. The Sixers then switched to that zone defense and Houston could not buy a look from behind the arc as they finished the half just 1-for-16 after the hot start.

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