Let's face it, despite all of coach Monty Williams' pleas and desires, the New Orleans Pelicans aren't going to win many games with their defense. Not yet, anyway. So while these defensive-challenged Pelicans continue to figure out how to close out on shooters and switch on the pick-and-roll, their offense will have to be their calling card. It certainly was Friday night when the Pelicans leaned on their shooting and play-making ability to storm past the Philadelphia 76ers for the second time this season. The latest coming by a final score of 121-105 at the Wells Fargo Center. "When we are running, attacking the rim and the guards are sharing the ball, we are a hard team to beat," Pelicans guard Eric Gordon said. "Now we just have to make it a habit. Make this consistent every night. And if we do that, it'll be an easy game." They won't all be this easy. This was the last time the Pelicans face this Sixers team, which is yielding the most points per game in the NBA. That's why Williams wasn't all smiles after the victory gave his Pelicans (7-8) a season sweep against Philadelphia (6-11) "We still gave up 105 points," Williams said. "So from my standpoint, .... there's a lot to be desired." By allowing the Sixers so many points, the Pelicans now have allowed an opponent to score at least 100 points for the fourth straight game. But it hardly mattered because they shot 54.8 percent from the field and their big five – Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans and Gordon – spent extended minutes on the court together and combined to scored 102 points. "We just have a group of guys that know how to play in that lineup," Anderson said. "That's a fun group to play with." Gordon led the way with a season-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting. He also had seven assists. In his return to Philadelphia, where he played the first four years of his career, Holiday scored 20 points, had 13 assists and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Davis had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Anderson scored 18 and Tyreke Evans had 16 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Pelicans. "I'm just glad we beat them twice," Holiday said. "Obviously it's good to see old teammates. And it's great to come here and feel the love from the fans. But it feels good to beat them.
Pelicans roll past 76ers 121-105
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Nov 30