House always wins.
The 76ers faced a difficult proposition in Game 5. The TD Garden was swamped in a viridescent glow, teeming with nervous anticipation. This was why the Celtics worked so hard during the regular season; for atmospheres like this, games like this.
And yet, it all proved so folly in the end. Philadelphia came, saw and conquered, cutting through that vaunted Boston defense one pick-and-roll at a time.
It was death by a thousand cuts for the Celtics. But in a game full of marquee names, it was one Sixer who embodied just what Philly is about.
We're talking about Danuel House. The veteran small forward has bounced around organizations over the course of his NBA career, but it's hard to imagine he's had many better nights than he did on Tuesday.
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House poured in 10 points off the Sixers bench while holding his own on the defensive end. And it was his strong fourth-quarter showing, coupled with a steady stream of buckets from Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, that put Game 5 out of reach.
"He was fantastic tonight," head coach Doc Rivers said after the game.
"He was fantastic tonight, but everyone who played was fantastic."— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 10, 2023
Doc Rivers on Danuel House and co. following the Game 5 win. | @FultonBank pic.twitter.com/4G6suLL0li
So, just who is House? Here's what to know about the 76ers role player who made his mark next to James Harden and Co. in Game 5.
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How old is Danuel House?
House is 29 years old. He's been in the league seven years, making his NBA debut in 2016-17 with the Wizards.
He's never stayed anywhere for too long; House's lengthiest stint with a side was the three and a bit years he spent in Houston from 2018-21. He joined Philadelphia in the offseason, inking a two-year, $8.415 million deal after splitting his time with three teams in 2021-22.
Danuel House college
A Fresno, Texas, native, House turned out for two of the biggest programs in his home state, starting his college career at Houston, where he played two seasons.
A former five-star prospect, House earned Conference USA Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman. After his sophomore campaign, House took his talents to College Station, transferring to Texas A&M. He earned All-SEC honors while showcasing his versatility on both ends of the floor, a trait he showed off in spades during the Aggies' famous comeback over Northern Iowa in the NCAA tournament.
Danuel House NBA draft
Despite compiling a laundry list of accolades during his time in school, House wasn't one of the 60 names called during the 2016 NBA Draft.
No matter; House signed with Washington as an undrafted free agent. He didn't start getting serious looks until his third year, making 13 starts as a member of the Rockets. But once he got his foot in the door, he made the most of it: House has retained a steady NBA paycheck ever since.
Danuel House NBA stats
House is never going to be the type of player to fill up the stat sheet. That doesn't mean he's lacking in value, however.
At 6-6, 220 pounds, House's frame has proven an effective deterrent for a certain crop of NBA guards and forwards. He's also shown a willingness to get to the rack and finish through contact, something that was more than evident during his fourth-quarter explosion vs. the Celtics.
Here's a look at his numbers over the years:
|Season||Team||G-GS||MPG||FG-FGA (FG%)||3P-3PA (3P%)||PPG||RPG||APG||SPG|
|2016-17||Wizards||1-0||1||0-0 (0%)||0-0 (0%)||0.0||1.0||0.0||0.0|
|2017-18||Suns||23-3||17.5||56-129 (43.4%)||15-58 (25.9%)||6.6||3.3||1.1||0.3|
|2018-19||Rockets||39-13||25.1||118-252 (46.8%)||74-178 (41.6%)||9.4||2.9||1.0||0.5|
|2019-20||Rockets||63-52||30.4||230-539 (42.7%)||129-355 (36.3%)||10.5||4.2||1.3||1.1|
|2020-21||Rockets||36-23||25.9||110-272 (40.4%)||54-156 (34.6%)||8.8||3.7||1.9||0.6|
|2021-22||Rockets/Knicks/Jazz||42-7||17.3||80-198 (40.4%)||44-117 (37.6%)||5.9||2.6||1.0||0.5|
|2022-23||76ers||56-5||14.4||236-527 (44.8%)||91-249 (36.5%)||4.8||1.7||0.8||0.3|