Pelicans hammer 76ers, 135-98

The Sixers' Evan Turner gets a pass away despite the efforts of Hawks defenders Kyle Korver (26) and Paul Millsap. Turner had 27 points in the loss at Atlanta.
The Sixers' Evan Turner gets a pass away despite the efforts of Hawks defenders Kyle Korver (26) and Paul Millsap. Turner had 27 points in the loss at Atlanta. (DAVID TULIS / Associated Press)
Posted: November 18, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - This game was over shortly after it started.

The New Orleans Pelicans' superior talent and depth were obvious in the early stages. And while the 76ers played with their trademark grit, they could do nothing to stop the domination.

In the end, the Pelicans coasted to a 135-98 victory Saturday night at the New Orleans Arena.

"They did just whatever they wanted to do tonight," said Sixers power forward Thaddeus Young, whose squad (5-6) lost for the sixth time in its last eight games.

Things were so lopsided that it was easy to see why former Sixer Jrue Holiday said being traded to New Orleans (4-6) was a "message from God."

Scoring at will, the Pelicans shot 60.5 percent, blocked 16 shots, and had eight double-figure scorers. They also had a commanding, 103-66 cushion after three quarters en route to snapping a three-game losing streak.

"When you look at how it happened, there were so many blocked shots," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "In the first half, it was similar to a volleyball match. They had nine blocked shots in the first half, and they set them off in transition.

"They are all good athletes, and whether it was drop-off passes or dunks, it was off they went."

Ryan Anderson dominated the Sixers in his first game of the season. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward made 6 of 10 three-pointers en route to finishing with 26 points in a reserve role. He was inactive the first nine games with a broken toe.

Shooting guard Eric Gordon added 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

Holiday finished with 14 points, 12 assists, and 6 rebounds against the team that traded him for rookie center Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick.

Anderson, Gordon, and Holiday weren't the Pelicans' only dominant players.

Chester native Tyreke Evans, a reserve guard, added 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Power forward Anthony Davis finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 8 blocks, and 2 steals. He set a franchise record for blocks in a quarter with five in the first.

With the game out of hand, Sixers standouts Evan Turner, Young, and Spencer Hawes didn't play in the fourth quarter.

Producing his worst performance of the season, Turner had a lot to think about from the bench. The swingman finished with four points on 2-for-11 shooting.

Saturday's game marked the first time Turner failed to score in double figures this season. The Eastern Conference all-star candidate came into the contest averaging 23.4 points per game.

"I just think as a team, we all in general need to try and start distributing, because they were doubling and showing on my plays," Turner said. "I was trying to go to the line and get a rhythm, but I didn't get to the line. That's pretty much it, and it just snowballed."

Reserve guard Darius Morris led the Sixers with 20 points. Tony Wroten added 19 points while starting in place of Michael Carter-Williams (left- foot arch bruise) at point guard for the third consecutive game.

The Pelicans started to break the game open when Evans and Anderson came in with 5 minutes, 48 seconds left in the first quarter. Anderson made his first four shots en route to scoring 10 points in the quarter. New Orleans took a 34-22 lead into the second quarter and never looked back.


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