The 76ers started off hot, knocking down 10 of their first 14 shot attempts to establish a lead. Philly scored a 33 first quarter points to lead by 11 at the start of the second period. The Pelicans only trailed by 3 at the half but the Sixers held onto their lead throughout the second half.
The Sixers held New Orleans to only 39% shooting for the game despite being on the losing end of the rebound battle, 55-39. Perhaps the most impressive stat for Philadelphia was their minimal 8 turnovers as they did a good job protecting their possessions. The Sixers had 12 steals and 10 blocks.
Michael Carter-Williams had a game-high 22 points while adding 7 assists and 6 boards. Covington struggled with his shot (5-14 FG) but still put up 18 points and sdecured 6 rebounds of his own. Mbah a Moute scored 13 points. Hollis Thompson led Philly's bench with 8 points.
New Orleans was led by Eric Gordon and Alexis Ajinca as both recorded 16 points and Ajinca added 14 rebounds. Jimmer Freddette added 13 points and 5 assists.
The Sixers play the much improved Pistons (15-25) on Saturday.
By Matt Ryan