Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 7/7/13
Crossover Chronicles' Philip Rossman-Reich will be at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League all week. He will provide his thoughts on the day's action in this running post throughout the day. Houston Rockets 88, Philadelphia 76ers 80 The Houston Rockets raced out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never really seemed to look back, getting 24 points and 12 rebounds from Terrence Jones, 10 points and six assists from Patrick Beverley for an 88-80 win to open up the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League. Michael Carter-Williams struggled with six assists in the first half, but recovered nicely to score 26 points and dish out eight assists. He shot 8 for 23 from the floor overall, but got to the line for 11 free throw attempts. His jump shot clearly still needs work but he was able to get into the paint on numerous occcasions. ​--You can really tell early on who the NBA players are and who are the guys on the cusp of the league. Patrick Beverley, Greg Smith and Terrence Jones really controlled the tempo early on and harassed Philadelphia's defense. It probably did not help that Michael Carter-Williams, a rookie, is playing point guard for Philadelphia. These guys though had no concerns over contracts and played hard and easy. --Michael Carter-Williams was obviously the guy to watch in his first professional game. He struggled early though initiating the offense and finding his footing. He was scoring fine and getting into the paint and to the line, but his six first-half turnovers really stood out and Philadelphia was in a hole very early on. It seemed like he needed to adjust to the pace of the game. --The "star" for the Sixers was Micheal Eric. He is a bruiser in the paint who spent last year with Canton in the D-League. He was not afraid to mix things up and just made a lot of hustle plays for the Sixers. The effort was noticeable. Eric finished with eight points and six rebounds. [follow]
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