After a three-game losing skid that had fans rushing to jump off the New Orleans Pelicans' proverbial bandwagon, the Pelicans showed Saturday night that any early season exit is a bit premature.

Returning home after dispiriting road trip, the Pelicans welcomed sharpshooting forward Ryan Anderson back into the fold then went about dismantling the visiting Philadelphia 76ers, 135-98, at the New Orleans Arena.

The victory was the Pelicans' most complete game of the season and took some of the stench off a losing streak in which they failed to defend or play with any urgency and ultimately were embarrassed by a previously winless Utah team on Wednesday.

"I just told the guys they have to have that Utah stench and they have to hold on to it," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "How we felt getting on that plane coming home is how we have to approach everything.

"To me we were all hurt. We can't get happy on the farm because we won one game. We beat a good team. But we are in no position to think this is commonplace for us. We have to keep working at it."

Everything was all rosy for the Pelicans on this day, however, as they had secured free fries for their fans before the end of the third quarter by reaching the 100-point plateau with 2:00 to play in the period.

The 135 points were the fifth most in franchise history. And it was more than double the point total New Orleans achieved in a home game against the 76ers last season when Philadelphia won 77-62. The margin of victory was the sixth largest in franchise history.

The Pelicans (4-6) were aggressive on both ends of the floor and they ran at nearly every opportunity, outscoring the 76ers 26-13 in fast break points. They also shot 60.5 percent from the field and their bench outscored Philadelphia's 71-39

It was the type of thorough performance the Pelicans needed just to prove to themselves that they were still capable of living up to the lofty expectations they set by playing so well in the preseason.

And it certainly helped that Anderson, who missed the first nine games of the season with a chipped bone in his toe, was back for his first game of the season.

Anderson made his presence felt immediately, scoring a game-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting. He also was 6-for-10 from 3-point range.

"There was a lot of questions about how I feel conditioning wise," Anderson said. "I felt great. I told coach let me go. If I'm feeling it or if I'm a little bit gassed or something, I'll let you know."

Anderson obviously has no problems in his 26 minutes.

"Ryan is a unique player in that he can space the floor and knock down shots," Williams said. "He can also take it to the basket and create for himself. I mess with him but he is a willing passer.