NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Pelicans came out of the NBA All-Star break with a much-needed 121-114 win over the Sixers last night in the Smoothie King Center.
Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 34 points and Ryan Anderson came off the bench and scored 26.
The Pelicans (21-33) led by as much as 22 points in the first half, but the lowly Sixers cut the lead to two in the third quarter. Head Coach Alvin Gentry was pleased with the final outcome.
"I thought we started the game the right way and I thought, defensively, we were really good and we did a great job of moving the basketball," said Head Coach Alvin Gentry. "The first half was one of the best halves we've had this year. We got a slow start in the second half, but this team (Philadelphia 76ers), you look at their record and I know that it's a really tough record, but you look at the games that they've played and they play for forty-eight minutes and they never stop. To have young players that are willing to do that and continue to work, I think you're going to see this team make a big jump. They're hard to play against. They've got shooters and they've got guys that can dribble penetrate, guys open. The (Jhalil) Okafor kid is going to be a great player. He's a man already. Just his skill level and everything like that is really good."
The Pelicans return to action Sunday at 2:30 pm in Detroit.