With Michael Carter-Williams out with an illness and Davis back in the Pelicans lineup, the 76ers (8-37) did not stand a chance in New Orleans (24-21). Final score: 99-74.
The Sixers kept it close until midway through the opening quarter when Anthony Davis' 13 first quarter points helped New Orleans pull away. Philadelphia entered the 2nd quarter down 30-19, but McDaniels and Covington put together a 14-3 run to pull within 1 with just over 8 minutes remaining in the first half. But New Orleans would score 7 unanswered in a just over a minute expanding their lead. The 76ers entered the break down 52-43.
Davis would have another dominant performance in the 3rd quarter and the Sixers couldn't keep the same scoring pace. A jumper from former Villanova Wildcat, Dante Cunningham, put the 76ers in a 20 point hole with 2:27 left in the 3rd. Philly was outscored 33-19 in the period. Both teams' offenses struggled in the final quarter and the Sixers were unable to come back from the deficit.
The Sixers only shot 35% from the floor and only connected on 2 of their 15 three-point attempts. Although they limited themselves to 12 turnovers, Philly was destroyed on the boards, out-rebounded 52-38 and allowing 17 offensive rebounds.
KJ led the 76ers with 16 points and also added 3 steals and 2 blocks. Nerlens Noel was held ineffective with 2 points (1-9 FG), but grabbed 6 rebounds and turned away 2 shots. Both Mbah a Moute and Sims scored 14. Jerami Grant had 10 points, including a highlight reverse dunk while rejecting 4 shots.
Anthony Davis finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds (5 offensive), 3 steals and 4 blocks of his own. Ryan Anderson added 19 points and 7 boards off the bench. Eric Gordon contributed 13 points and Tyreke Evans dished out a game-high 12 assists.
The Sixers will host the Pistons on Wednesday.
By: Matt Ryan