Tobias Harris scored 18 points and the Philadelphia 76ers closed the regular season by trouncing the Houston Rockets 134-96 in NBA today.
NBA Results LIVE : Philadelphia 76ers trounces Houston Rockets
The 76ers and Rockets played most of their regulars for about the first 2 1/2 quarters even though both teams already were locked into playoff matchups, making Friday night’s game meaningless.
The Rockets were playing without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who is expected to miss at least the start of the playoffs with a strained right quadriceps. The 76ers continue to play without Ben Simmons, who is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his left knee Monday.
“I think for us it was important to play, to continue to play,” 76ers forward Al Horford said. “I know some teams probably didn’t play their (main) guys and things like that, but for us, we’re missing Ben. The starting lineup was shaken up. We haven’t really played with each other that much, so it was very beneficial for us to go out there today and to continue to build hat chemistry.”
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Philadelphia begins an Eastern Conference first-round series with the Boston Celtics on Monday. Houston is facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Western Conference series starting Tuesday.