The New Orleans Pelicans came out on top in the rematch with Philadelphia as they drilled the 76ers 99-74 at the Smoothie King Center on Monday night. The 76ers were no match for the Pelicans without the services of starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams who missed the game with an illness. Larry Drew II started in place of Carter-Williams and managed just four points on 2-for-9 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.
Anthony Davis led the way for New Orleans with 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the floor and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. He added 10 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals. Ryan Anderson chipped in with 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench while Eric Gordon added 13 points and five boards. Omer Asik and Tyreke Evans also made solid contributions in the win. Asik had 10 points and seven rebounds while Evans totaled just six points, but handed out a game-high 12 assists.
K.J. McDaniels paced the Sixers with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 shooting from the line. He added four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Henry Sims and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 14 points apiece while Jerami Grant finished with 10 points and four blocks.
Jimmer Fredette only saw action in garbage time even though the bench struggled to contribute the whole night (outside of Anderson). Included in the bench struggles were scoreless efforts from Quincy Pondexter (0-for-4 in 22:08), Nate Wolters (0-for-3 in 19:47) and John Salmons (0-for-2 in 12:27). While he played just the last 5:35 on the game, Fredette had a solid outing. He finished with four points on 2-of-3 shooting from the floor (the only miss came while trying to beat the 24-second clock). He added two rebounds and an assist as well as one turnover. His two baskets came on a lay up and a midrange jumper after he collected a defensive rebound and pushed the ball down the floor.
Up next for Fredette and the surging Pelicans is a Wednesday night battle with the Denver Nuggets.
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