Tony Wroten scored 24 points off the bench on Friday night, but it wasn't enough in the Sixers' 121-105 loss to the Pelicans. (USA Today Images)
When the Sixers played in New Orleans earlier this month, it was the second night of a back-to-back for Brett Brown's group without Michael Carter-Williams, and it resulted in their most humbling loss of the season, 135-98.
On Friday night, the Sixers not only had MCW but also welcomed Spencer Hawes and Tony Wroten back -- two guys who missed each of the last two games.
The result was still a Sixers loss, 121-105, for their ninth defeat in the last 11 tries.
The Pelicans led by 10 points at the 4:12 mark of the third quarter. The Sixers went on a 5-0 run to make it a five-point game with 1:35 left in the frame. Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold the fort for the next 95 seconds, allowing New Orleans to regain its 10-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
For the game, the Pelicans shot 55 percent from the field, while the Sixers shot 46 percent.
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Eric Gordon scored 26 points while Anthony Davis scored 22 and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also had four of the team’s nine blocked shots.
Evan Turner filled out the stat sheet with 22 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Thaddeus Young had his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He also had four assists.
And kudos to Tony Wroten, who was 9 of 13 from the floor for a career-high 24 points to bolster the bench’s production.
The Sixers were 9 of 21 (43 percent) from the free throw line, while the Pelicans were 8 of 20 (40 percent) from three-point range.
Take a bow
Jrue Holiday got a warm response from the fans in his return to Philadelphia. Prior to the game, Holiday said he really enjoyed playing for the fans of this city and a franchise that made him an All-Star.
Holiday proceeded to score 20 points, hand out 13 assists and grab seven rebounds.
In two games against the Sixers this season, Holiday has a total of 25 assists and just two turnovers.
The Sixers play an afternoon game Sunday in Detroit. The Pistons are an improved team under the direction of former Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks. Detroit lost to the Lakers on Friday, 106-102.
The Pistons have five players averaging double-figure scoring with Rodney Stuckey leading the way with 16.6 per game. The Pistons do a nice job taking care of the basketball, averaging just 14.7 turnovers per game, but are a below-.500 (4-5) team on their home floor.