Welcome Back Ryan Anderson, Pelicans Win

Nov 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Austin Rivers (25) fouls Philadelphia 76ers small forward Hollis Thompson (31) on a shot during the second half of a game at New Orleans Arena. The Pelicans defeated the 76ers 135-98. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans had no problem playing defense Thursday night in a rout of the Philadephia 76ers, 135-98. The Pelicans lead by 30 in the first half 61-31, and they lead by more than 21 points the rest of the game. Anthony Davis  had 5 blocks in the first quarter and continued on to put up 13 points, 9 rebounds, and a career-high 8 blocks.  76ers coach Brett Brown was quoted, “There were so many blocked shots it was similar to a volleyball game.” The headline of the night was the return of power forward sharp shooter Ryan Anderson from a broken toe, and he did not disappoint. In Anderson’s first game this season, he made 6 of 10 from beyond the arc and scored a team high 26 points.  The Pelicans had 8 players who scored in double figures and the team shot 60% from the field.  Jrue Holiday played in his first game against his former team and had a big game with 14 points and 12 assists, Holiday was traded during the 2013 draft for Nerlens Noel.  The Pelicans move to 4-6 and host the 1-10 Utah Jazz Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. The Jazz only win this year came against the Pelicans last Wednesday 111-105.

Also, if you;re looking for an interesting read check out the blog at Barry’s Tickets to see a breakdown of the western Conference contenders and pretenders.  Where do you think the Pelicans land?

Topics: Anthony Davis, Brett Brown, Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers, Ryan Anderson, Utah Jazz

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