Wroten bursts onto scene as Sixers top Rockets


Tony Wroten’s first career start resulted in the first triple-double of his life.

Wroten had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points and Spencer Hawes made the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left in overtime to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Houston Rockets 123-117 Wednesday night.

Subbing for injured rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who didn’t play because of a bruised left arch, Wroten made a strong case for more playing time.

“First time for everything,” he said. “I never had a triple-double at any level, not middle school, high school, anywhere.”

Jeremy Lin scored 34 points for Houston, making a career-best nine 3-pointers that tied a franchise record. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons added 22 points.

Lin started for James Harden, who was out of Houston’s lineup because of a bruised left foot.

“It was my worst defensive game of the season,” Lin said. “Tomorrow has to be my best defensive game of the season.”

Clippers 111, Thunder 103

In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 22 points and 12 rebounds after being involved in a first-half scuffle that resulted in two ejections.

Serge Ibaka of the Thunder and Matt Barnes of the Clippers were ejected, and Griffin received a technical foul for his part in the altercation with 6 seconds left in the second quarter.

T-Wolves 124, Cavaliers 95

In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Ricky Rubio added 16 points and a career-high 16 assists.

Spurs 92, Wizards 79

In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 16 points, leading six Spurs in double figures.

Knicks 95, Hawks 91

In Atlanta, Carmelo Anthony continued his success against the Hawks by scoring 25 points and New York regrouped after blowing a 17-point lead.

Raptors 103, Grizzlies 87

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored 23 points and Kyle Lowry added 21 to help Toronto beat the Grizzlies.

Bobcats 89, Celtics 83

In Boston, Al Jefferson had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Charlotte over the Celtics.

Magic 94, Bucks 91

In Orlando, Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 36 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Magic rallied to beat Milwaukee and snap a three-game skid.

Kings 107, Nets 86

In Sacramento, Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 24 points after losing his starting spot to rookie Ben McLemore.

Jazz 111, Pelicans 105

In Salt Lake City, Gordon Hayward had 27 points and 10 assists, and Richard Jefferson added 22 points to help Utah claim its first victory of the season.

Nuggets 111, Lakers 99

In Denver, Timofey Mozgov matched his career high with 23 points, and the Nuggets beat Los Angeles to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Trail Blazers 90, Suns 89

In Portland, Damian Lillard hit a layup with 6.5 seconds left.