NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Philadelphia 31 34 28 18 111
New Orleans 24 28 31 27 110
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , February 25, 2019
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana  Attendance: 17,194

Embiid-less Sixers seek better effort vs. Pelicans

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Philadelphia 76ers at New Orleans Pelicans

  1. The 76ers beat the Pelicans by one point in their lone meeting this season on November 21, 121-120. Philadelphia has won two straight over New Orleans and has never won three straight in the series, but the Pelicans have won four of the last five meetings at home.
  2. Philadelphia lost to Portland on Saturday, 130-115. The 130 points are the most the 76ers have allowed in a regulation game this season.
  3. Since rebounds became official in 1950-51, Ben Simmons is the fourth player to begin his career with consecutive seasons with at least 1000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists. The only other players to begin their careers with multiple seasons are LeBron James (8), Oscar Robertson (7) and Steve Francis (2).
  4. Tobias Harris has scored 20+ points in each of his last three games, and with another 20-point game tonight would tie the longest such streak of his career set twice before (April 2013 & March 2018). He has scored 25+ points in each of his last three visits to New Orleans.
  5. The Pelicans beat the Lakers on Saturday, 128-115, and shot 52.1 percent from the field, their 19th game this season making at least half of their field goals. New Orleans in 16-3 (.842) in those games compared to 11-31 (.262) when shooting under 50 percent from the field.
  6. Jrue Holiday scored 27 points in the win, surpassing the 10,000-point plateau for his career. He is one of five players with 10,000+ career points from the 2009 draft class and is the eighth player with 10,000+ points and 4000+ assists since 2009-10.

The Philadelphia 76ers struggled without All-Star center Joel Embiid in their last game.

The New Orleans Pelicans fared much better without All-Star forward Anthony Davis in their most recent outing.

The Sixers will again be without Embiid on Monday when they visit the Pelicans, who might have Davis back in the lineup.

Embiid missed the second of what is expected to be at least three consecutive games to rest left knee soreness as Philadelphia lost to visiting Portland 130-115 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans sat Davis on the back end of back-to-back games and defeated the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 128-115 on Saturday.

The absences affected the teams in different ways.

The Sixers missed Embiid on both ends of the floor, but his absence was especially noticeable on defense.

"We made some shots, we missed some shots," Sixers guard Jimmy Butler told "I don't think offense was a problem. We scored 115. On any given night, that's enough to win."

Philadelphia also struggled on the boards without Embiid; Portland had a 53-33 rebounding edge that included 19 offensive rebounds.

"We just didn't rebound well enough against a team like this," guard Ben Simmons said. "It's a group effort rebounding. I think just all of us combined, I don't think we did enough. ...

"Obviously, once you have Joel out here you slow the game down a little bit and feed him the ball, you let him do his thing. But it's obviously different playing without him and trying to find a flow."

The Pelicans didn't have any trouble finding a flow without Davis against the Lakers. They had their highest-scoring first quarter of the season in racing to a 42-35 lead.

Seven New Orleans players scored in double figures. Jrue Holiday scored 27 points while achieving two milestones -- his 10,000th career point and his 6,000th as a Pelican. Julius Randle had 24 points. Cheick Diallo had 18 points and 10 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double. Ian Clark scored 17. Kenrich Williams had 11, and Jahlil Okafor, who started in Davis' place, added 10.

"I think you can take all the guys that were involved in the game and at some stage they did something that was really positive for us," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

Okafor, Diallo and Williams are young players who received extra playing time, not only because of Davis' absence, but because of injuries to E'Twaun Moore and Darius Miller.

Even with Okafor and Williams thrust into the starting lineup because of the absences of Davis and Moore, the New Orleans bench outscored the Los Angeles bench 42-24.

"Obviously the young guys understand they are trying to establish themselves in the league," Gentry said. "These guys understand that the most important thing is our team. They try to do everything they can to help our team."

The Pelicans' official reason for sitting Davis was "rest" even though he had played just 19-plus minutes a night earlier in a loss at Indiana, New Orleans' first game after the week-long All-Star break.

But the Pelicans have been reducing Davis' role ever since he returned from a finger injury in the wake of a trade request he issued late last month.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 24, 2019

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