Evan Turner had just four points on 2 for 11 shooting in the loss. (USA Today Images)
NEW ORLEANS -- Returning home after dropping all three games on a recent road trip, the Pelicans activated Ryan Anderson, who had missed the first nine games of the season with a chip fracture a toe on his right foot. And Jrue Holiday, who was traded from the Sixers to New Orleans in July, was poised to face his old squad for the first time in front of his new hometown fans.
It all added up to New Orleans' steamrolling victory over the Sixers, 135-98, on Saturday night.
Anderson led the Pelicans (4-6) with 26 points, while Holiday recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists.
Michael Carter-Williams missed a third straight game for the Sixers (5-6) with a bruised left foot.
The Sixers led, 15-14, at the 6:11 mark of the first quarter when Eric Gordon drained a long three-pointer to give the Pelicans a lead they would not relinquish. By the end of the first, the Sixers trailed by a dozen.
New Orleans then outscored the Sixers by nine in the second and 16 in the third en route to the 37-point win.
Follow the leader
Gordon scored 19 for the Pelicans on 7 for 12 shooting. The Pelicans shot 60.5 percent from the floor.
Darius Morris led the Sixers with 20 points, while Tony Wroten added 19. The Sixers shot just 42.7 percent.
So many things contributed to the Sixers' lopsided loss, but they will often see this season that the reserves of the opposing team just have more experience and talent.
Anderson's 26 points in 27 minutes off the bench came on 10 for 16 shooting, including 6 for 10 from beyond the arc.
Tyreke Evans added 15 points in his reserve role.
The Pelicans' bench scored 71 points to the Sixers' 39, though for both teams that number became inflated in the fourth quarter when starters were relieved.
Take a bow
Anthony Davis is one of four players in the NBA this season averaging double-figure rebounds and 20-plus points.
He didn't reach either mark in this one, but in just 29 minutes on the floor he tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and eight blocks. Davis did not play at all in the fourth quarter -- no Pelicans' starter did.
The Sixers wrap up their first multi-game road trip at Dallas on Monday night. Historically, the Mavericks have been a tough matchup for the Sixers, who have lost 11 of their last 14 meetings and seven straight on the Mavs' home court.
Dallas is currently 4-0 at home this season.