By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night. They faced a game New Orleans Pelicans squad that was looking to stop their momentum. The Sixers used a fourth quarter offensive explosion to beat them 117-107.
The Sixers looked very listless in the early part of this game. They could not hit their shots early in the game and were letting the Pelicans get whatever they wanted from the field. The Pelicans took advantage of Philly offensive power outage. They were threatening to run them off the floor. They were led by Nickeil Alexander-Walker who scored 31-points and hit five three-pointers. He torched them from beyond the arc and it did not matter if there was a hand in his face or not. Philly was able to make some second half adjustments that stifled him later on in the game.
Philly was able to stay in the game thanks to Tobias Harris(33-points) and Joel Embiid (42-points). They combined for 75 of Philly’s 117-points. Harris in particular had probably his best game of the season in tonight’s game. He hit three three-pointers and did enough on both sides of the ball to keep the Sixers from losing to the Pelicans. He did everything the team needed throughout this game and if he can keep this consistency up throughout this home-stand he may be in for a big second-half of the season. That would take scoring pressure off Embiid and give him a viable second-option especially in the absence of Seth Curry. Embiid needs all the help he can get.
The Pelicans continued to fight through out this game and it took a late-game six-nothing scoring run from Embiid to put the Pelicans to bed tonight. Philly now prepares for the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. They will need to have another balanced scoring night and another strong performance on the defensive end to keep the backcourt and frontcourt of the Lakers at bay. If they want their 29th victory of the season.