Sixers escape with 116-109 win against struggling Pelicans

Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Basketball

PHILADELPHIA -- Sometime in the NBA, you have snoozers -- games that will put fans to sleep if they're not careful.

Well, the 76ers had one Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans, less than 24 hours after an emotional road win against the Boston Celtics.

They dozed off after a 39-point first quarter but awakened in time to emerge with an unimpressive 116-109 victory over the struggle Pelicans at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Sixers improved to 20-7 and a league-best 14-0 at home. Meanwhile, New Orleans dropped to 6-20 as their losing streak reached 11 games.

Tobias Harris finished with 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting, 6 for 7 from the foul line. Joel Embiid had 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and two turnovers. Ben Simmons had 24 points, 11 assists, three steals, two blocks, and a turnover. Reserve guard James Ennis (10 points) was the team's other double-digit scorer. Two-way center Norvell Pelle finished with six points on 3-of-4 shooting, to go along with five rebounds and three blocks in 12 minutes off the bench.

Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 32 points.


Sixers forward/center Al Horford missed his second straight game with left knee soreness and left hamstring tightness. Kyle O'Quinn is usually the backup center when Horford and Embiid are out. However, the Sixers elected to go with Pelle off the bench before O'Quinn, who played 5 minutes.

This game marked New Orleans shooting guard JJ Redick's first game against Philly since leaving as a free agent after two seasons with the Sixers. Redick, a 3-point specialist, finished with 19 points while making 3 of 5 3-pointers.

The Sixers missed the spacing that he provided for Embiid the past two seasons. The Sixers had a play call for Redick that they haven't used since his departure,

"We're just different," coach Brett Brown said. "He's come in and he's got this skill set of flying off pin-downs, and off-balance shots, and he takes a second of getting his shot. And it's unique, he's very unique to the NBA."


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