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Holiday returns as Sixers welcome Pelicans

(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 10:27:16 ET

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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
 
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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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