As expected, the 76ers lost to the undermanned Houston Rockets on Monday night.
The 104-93 setback at the Wells Fargo Center dropped them to 0-4. It marks the first time they opened with four straight losses since the 2010-11 season.
But again, that was expected. Nerlens Noel’s performance against Dwight Howard was not.
Aside from grabbing just one rebound, the rookie had a solid performance against arguably the NBA’s best center. Noel finished with 10 points, a game-high six steals, five assists, and a block. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first rookie starting center with at least 10 points, six steals, and five assists in a game since the Phoenix Suns’ Alvan Adams had 25 points, six steals, and five assists against the New Orleans Jazz on Feb. 14, 1976.