Happy Holiday, Pelicans Pounce 76ers In Holiday’s Return To Philly
The New Orleans Pelicans were in the holiday spirit last night in Philadelphia, pouncing the 76ers 121-105. Jrue Holiday returned to Philly for the first time since being traded away in the offseason, and much to his delight, received a warm ovation from the crowd at Wells Fargo Center.
“It’s fun being back and the crowd showing me a little bit of love. I didn’t hear too many boos, so that’s a little surprising, but definitely a good thing,” Holiday explained. “Just cause it’s Philly, anything can happen, especially with the boos. You just never know. I’m glad it was a good quote-unquote welcome back.”
Holiday was an All-Star last season for the Sixers. His trade surprised some around the league, as Philadelphia elected to “blow-up” and start a rebuild.
Holiday was 3 rebounds away from a triple-double, finishing with an impressive 20 points, 13 assists, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals.
“I’m gonna be for real, I’m glad we beat `em twice,” a happy Holiday said. “Obviously it’s good to see old teammates, it’s great to come back here and feel the love from the fans, but it feels good to beat them.”
New Orleans was excellent offensively, shooting 55% from the field, and 40% from 3-point range. Eric Gordon led all scorers with 26.
Anthony Davis finished with his usual double-double scoring 22, pulling down 10 boards, blocking 4 shots, and adding 3 assists and 2 steals for good measure.
Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans added 18 and 16 off the bench respectively.
The Pelicans two best offensive performances of the young season have come against the 76ers. The bad news is, they won’t play again this year.
Next up, the Pelicans travel to New York for a Sunday night matchup at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. Tip-off is set for 6:30.