Contact Us

Pelicans Blowout 76ers, Ryan Anderson Sensational In Return

Riding a 3-game losing streak, the New Orleans Pelicans needed a win in a big way. Saturday night at the New Orleans Arena, they walloped the Philadelphia 76ers 135-98.

Ryan Anderson made his season debut after missing the first 8 games of the season with a toe injury. If he was rusty, Pelican fans would love to see what he looks like fresh. In 27 minutes off the bench, Anderson led all scorers with 26, making his first 4 shots, and going 6-10 from beyond the arc. And it wasn’t just offense that Anderson provided.

“He (Anderson) can space the floor, shoot the ball, defend, and rebound. That’s what we needed,” explained Pelicans forward Anthony Davis to Fox Sports N.O. analyst David Wesley. “He’s a spark off that bench with the second unit and he gets that second team going. It was tough without him, but now that we’ve got him, we’ve got to keep this going.”

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Davis did it all as well. With three minutes left in the third quarter, he sat on the bench with a giant lead, resting for the rest of the night. Had he played in the fourth, he likely would’ve registered a triple-double. In only 29 minutes, Davis scored 13, pulled down 9 boards, and set a new career-high with 8 blocks. Despite his continued dominance, his focus in postgame was on his teammates, especially Anderson.

“I’m proud of Ryan. In his first game back, he’s out here playing hard and defending. That’s what we need,” said Davis. “We need guys playing like that for 48 minutes each game. When we do that, we’re a tough team to beat.”

New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday finished with a double-double (14 points, 12 assists) against his former team, leading the Pelicans on both sides of the floor. It was his first matchup against Philly since they traded him for rookie Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first round draft pick.

The Pels had their best offensive night of the season, scoring a season-high and shooting a season-high percentage of 60.5% from the field. In total, 8 players reached double-figures. Joining Anderson, Davis, and Holiday were Eric Gordon (19) Tyreke Evans (15) Brian Roberts (14) and Austin Rivers (12).

New Orleans (4-6) will try to match their energy next Wednesday when they host the Utah Jazz (1-10). Tip-off is set for 7:00.

 

Babes

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://espn1420.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on SPORTS RADIO ESPN 1420 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on SPORTS RADIO ESPN 1420 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!