Pelicans Secure 103-95 Victory Over 76ers During Spirited Matchup

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In a game of two contrasting halves, the New Orleans Pelicans demonstrated both dominance and vulnerability, ultimately securing a 103-95 win against the Philadelphia 76ers during Friday’s NBA action.

Despite missing key players, the 76ers mounted a spirited comeback that fell just short, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the game.

“The first half was just a beautiful display of basketball,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said.

Zion Williamson led the Pelicans with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Naji Marshall contributed significantly with 19 points. The game seemed well in hand for the Pelicans after they built a commanding 35-point lead, only for the 76ers to claw back into contention in the final quarter.

“A win is a win and we found a way at the end of the game to pull it through,” Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram said. “That’s all that matters.”

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The 76ers’ comeback attempt was energized by a Jeff Dowtin Jr. three-pointer that narrowed the gap to five points with less than a minute left. However, time ran out for Philadelphia, leaving them to reflect on what might have been after a 34-point fourth quarter.

Tobias Harris and Kelly Oubre Jr. were standout performers for the 76ers, scoring 21 and 20 points, respectively. The loss adds to the 76ers’ recent struggles, as they’ve now dropped 15 of their last 21 games, further complicating their position in the Eastern Conference standings.

The absence of Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey due to injuries has been a significant factor in the 76ers’ recent form, with the team eagerly awaiting their return. Sixers coach Nick Nurse shared an update on Maxey, expressing optimism about his potential comeback.

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The 76ers’ shooting struggles were evident, particularly from beyond the arc, where they missed 18 of their first 20 attempts. Injuries have plagued the team, affecting their depth and on-court performance.

“I’m in super-evaluation mode,” Nurse said. “I want to see who can execute what we’re going to need to execute when we get our people back.”

Despite the Pelicans’ significant lead, Green cautioned his team against complacency, a message underscored by the 76ers’ late rally.

“We did a great job building the lead. …,” Green said. “Don’t give it all away by getting too relaxed. I felt we got a bit relaxed and (Philly) turned it up.”

As both teams look ahead to their next games, the Pelicans aim to build on their win, while the 76ers seek to regroup and strengthen their playoff positioning.

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