With Anthony Davis out, Nerlens Noel takes center stage with double-double in win over Pelicans

Nerlens Noel - photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Nerlens Noel – photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams scored 22 points to lead the to a 96-81 victory over the on Friday night.

The Sixers never trailed in only their third home win of the season. They put away the short-handed Pelicans in a hurry, making 10 of their first 14 shots and racing to a 16-point lead in the first quarter.

New Orleans played without center and guard Jrue Holiday. Davis, averaging 24.2 points and 10.4 rebounds, sat out with a sprained left toe suffered late in Wednesday night’s win at Detroit. Holiday, a former 76ers All-Star guard, missed a second straight game with right ankle inflammation.

Alexis Ajinca had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans and Eric Gordon also scored 16.

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