NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 29 points, Ben Simmons had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers narrowly held off the New Orleans Pelicans 111-110 on Monday night.
Sixers 7-foot-3 reserve Boban Marjanovic had 12 points, 10 rebound and two blocks in less than 22 minutes to help fill the void in the middle created by the absence of 7-foot All-Star Joel Embiid, who has missed all three of Philadelphia’s games since the All-Star break. However, Marjanovic needed assistance getting off the court and was taken to the locker room after getting tangled up with a pair of Pelicans players in the paint with just more than a minute left.
Philadelphia nearly squandered a 10-point lead after Jimmy Butler’s 12-foot jumper made it 110-100 with 2:48 left. The Sixers missed five shots and three of four free throws — including two misses by Jonathon Simmons with 9 seconds left — allowing the Pelicans a chance to win it with any type of field goal on their last possession.
But with no timeouts, New Orleans scrambled to get the ball up the court after Philadelphia’s last missed free throw and E’Twaun Moore attempted a 25-foot heave from the left wing with about 3 seconds on the clock when he pulled up.
The shot was not close and Harris secured the rebound as time expired.
Anthony Davis scored 18 points in 21 minutes, but was taken out of the game for good with 5:11 left in the third quarter as the Pelicans continue to limit his playing time since his trade request in late January.
Jrue Holiday had 22 points for New Orleans. His 3-pointer pulled New Orleans as close as 110-107 with 1:36 left, but Holiday missed a 3-point attempt that could have tied it with 45 seconds left and then missed a free throw with 18 seconds to go.
Julius Randle added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Pelicans, who trailed by as many as 17 points before their comeback bid fell just short.
76ers: Mike Scott scored 12 on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. He missed all four of his 2-point attempts ... Jimmy Butler had 11 points, but missed 11 of 16 shots. ... Philadelphia turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 23 Pelicans points.
Pelicans: Elfrid Payton scored 10 points, giving him double figures scoring in all three games since he returned from a right ankle sprain that sidelined him the last nine games before the All-Star break. ... Reserve forward Cheick Diallo made all four of his shots for eight points in 18 minutes, making him 12 of 12 from the field during his last two games.
76ers: Visit Oklahoma City on Thursday night.