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Harden’s late shot lifts Rockets past 76ers, 88-87

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 35 points, including an off-balance layup with 9 seconds left, to lead the Houston Rockets to an 88-87 victory over the winless Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

The Sixers led by one point before Michael Carter-Williams bounced the ball off his foot and out of bounds to give Houston the ball. Harden powered through the lane to hit the game-winner.

Philadelphia had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Carter-Williams missed a jump shot.

Tony Wroten scored 19 for the Sixers, who led for most of the game after an embarrassing 53-point loss to Dallas on Thursday night.

The Sixers remained the NBA’s only winless team, dropping to 0-9 for their worst start since opening the 1972-73 season with 15 consecutive losses.

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