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Friday, November 29th (All times Eastern)

New Orleans Pelicans (6-8) at Philadelphia 76ers (6-10), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - A familiar face will be back on the Wells Fargo Center floor when Jrue Holiday and the New Orleans Pelicans visit the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night.

Holiday, of course, was traded to the Pelicans on draft night for the rights to forward Nerlens Noel, who was taken with the sixth overall pick. Holiday was Philadelphia's lone All-Star a season ago and currently averages 14.0 points and a team-best 7.3 assists with New Orleans.

The 76ers also snagged guard Michael Carter-Williams to fill Holiday's shoes at the point and were hammered by the Pelicans, 135-98, on Nov. 16. Holiday had 14 points and dished out 12 assists in that one.

"Fortunately, today was more misses for them," Holiday said after the game. "We got a lot more stops and shared the ball really well."

New Orleans will open a three-game trip against the Sixers and will make stops in New York and Chicago. It has lost two in a row since winning three straight and sustained a 102-101 setback versus Golden State at home on Tuesday, as Eric Gordon's potential game-winning 3-point try rimmed out at the buzzer.

"You can't get a more open look than that at the end of the game," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said. "Eric made the shot the other night and tonight he missed it. It's a cruel game."

Ryan Anderson paced the Pelicans with team highs of 21 points and 12 boards, while Holiday and Gordon netted 17 and 16 points, respectively, in defeat. Anthony Davis totaled 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans, who shot a decent 47.1 percent and fell to 5-1 when outshooting an opponent.

The Pelicans are 1-7 when the opposition scored 100-plus points.

Meanwhile, the 76ers have dropped two in a row and six of seven games, including Wednesday's 105-94 setback in Orlando.

Thaddeus Young scored 26 points off the bench in his return after a death in the family and Evan Turner finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers, who got 23 points from Carter-Williams and shot 44.7 percent from the field. Carter-Williams leads all rookies in scoring (17.8 ppg), rebounds (5.6 rpg), assists (7.0 apg), steals (NBA-high 3.08 spg) and minutes played (36.5 mpg).

Magic bigs Nikola Vucevic and Glen Davis had 21 and 19 points, respectively, and Vucevic, a former Sixer, grabbed 16 rebounds.

"When you look at their interior bigs ... we couldn't guard them, and we had to go to schemes and different ways to get help to our bigs. It's a problem," said Sixers head coach Brett Brown. "We ended up doing a better job, but we don't want to have to live in schemes."

The Sixers, who are 2-8 since a 4-2 start, trailed 55-40 with 3:57 left in the second quarter and closed the half with a 10-0 run. However, the Magic used a 10-4 run in the fourth quarter to pull away for good.

Sixers center Spencer Hawes (knee) hasn't played since Nov. 22 at home versus Milwaukee and is questionable Friday. Hawes has recorded three straight double-doubles and nine overall this season. Guard Tony Wroten (back) last appeared in a game against the Bucks and is also listed as questionable.

Philly is the worst in the NBA in opponents' scoring (109.1 ppg) and has lost two in a row to New Orleans.

11/29 10:25:50 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
2nd
DUKE 38
UCONN 32
 
Half
CHI 52
NYK 45
 
2nd
HOU 37
NOP 39
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
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GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
 
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
1st OT
SDKST 70
IDST 63
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
2nd
CHAR 52
APP 49
 
2nd
MISS 47
CCAR 51
 
2nd
DUKE 38
UCONN 32
 
2nd
BRAD 60
EUREK 31
 
2nd
PEAY 50
OAKC 43
 
2nd
JST 45
SMISS 22
 
Half
SD 27
MNTST 26
 
1st
UAB 24
LSU 16
 
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EVAN 20
OHIO 18
 
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CSFU
CSDH
 
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DEP
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PAC
NEV
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USF
PORST
 
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IDAHO
WALLA
 
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UTST
CALST
 
3rd
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 3
WAS 3
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
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LOS
STL
2nd
JAC 0
TEN 10