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Holiday faces familiar foes as Sixers head to the Big Easy

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Orleans Pelicans went 0-3 on a recent road trip, but return to the Big Easy Saturday night to welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to New Orleans Arena.

The Pelicans fell to the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz on a jaunt west.

The most recent setback came Wednesday night in Salt Lake City to the Jazz, 111-105. The Pelicans had a double-digit lead, but squandered it, thanks to a 38-28 drubbing in the fourth quarter. It was Utah's first win of the season.

"For us, we've got to learn how to win these games on the road or anywhere," said head coach Monty Williams. "When you have a team down by 14, possessions are so important. We just gave up 38 points (in the fourth quarter). That's on me. The bottom line is we have to play defense a lot better than we've played."

Contrary to the performance against the Jazz, New Orleans ranks in the top half of the NBA in opponents' scoring.

Anthony Davis continued his tear this season. He scored 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against the Jazz. Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans both had 19, followed by 16 from Eric Gordon and 10 from Jason Smith.

For Holiday, this is a big night. He will play his former team, the Sixers, for the first time since they traded him to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel and a first-round pick in the offseason. Holiday's heart may still be in Philadelphia since he said "Sixers" instead of "Pelicans" in a pregame speech before the home opener this season.

Philly fell to .500 with a 113-103 road loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

The Sixers fell eight behind after the first quarter, but thumped the Hawks, 39-29 in the second quarter. The Hawks won the final two quarters by 12 points and cruised.

"We moved the ball well in that first half, we found backdoors, we found different people," said Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown. "I don't think we moved the ball as well in the second half, I thought the ball stuck a lot in the second half."

Rookie Michael Carter-Williams missed his second straight game with a sore foot.

Evan Turner led the Sixers with 27 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Tony Wroten, who started in place of Carter-Williams, netted 22, followed by 17 from Thaddeus Young and 14 points and 12 boards for Spencer Hawes.

The teams split last season's two matchups with each team winning on the other's court. The Sixers have taken three of their last four meetings in New Orleans.

11/16 10:17:01 ET

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Brooklyn «94Final | Box
Toronto87
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Golden State «109Final | Box
LA Clippers105
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Golden State leads series, 1-0.
Atlanta «101Final | Box
Indiana93
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Oklahoma City8ESPN, YES, TSN
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
18th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
8th
PIT 7
MIL 6
 
8th
NYM 3
ATL 4
 
6th
TAM 14
NYY 1
 
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
5th
TEX 5
CWS 1
 
5th
LOS 8
ARI 4
 
6th
COL 3
PHI 0
 
5th
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
 
1st
OKC 8
MEM 0
 
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
1st
COL 0
MIN 0
 
18th
NOR 1
DUR 1