His play allowed Joel Embiid to rest down the stretch and he only needed to play 27:41 in this one.
“It feels great to get out there and just play the game that I love at the highest level,” Howard said with a smile.
“I actually thought they turned the game around,” Rivers said. “I thought our first unit defensively was phenomenal but was really sluggish offensively, and then I thought our second unit came in, kept playing defense, and then we got out, and we started scoring and transition. I actually thought their energy changed the game tonight.”
Howard and the bench unit were able to get it done for one night, now the challenge for them is to keep going and play well on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.