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Sixers beat Pelicans 111-110; Marjanovic hurt late

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ben Simmons' razzle-dazzle passes and Tobias Harris' shooting were enough to put the Philadelphia 76ers in firm control until it all nearly unraveled and 7-foot-3 center Boban Marjanovic went down clutching his right knee.

Harris scored 29 points, Simmons had 14 points and 12 assists, and the Sixers narrowly held off the New Orleans Pelicans 111-110 on Monday night.

''We wanted to win. We won. We're happy that we won. A teammate got hurt. ... It's sad to see a teammate go down,'' Simmons said when asked to sum up the night.

Marjanovic had 12 points, 10 rebound and two blocks in less than 22 minutes to help fill the void in the middle created by the absence of 7-foot All-Star Joel Embiid, who has missed all three of Philadelphia's games since the All-Star break.

But Marjanovic's right leg got tangled up between Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo's legs as both players crashed to the court after pursuing a rebound. Marjanovic needed assistance getting off the court and later used crutches to get the team bus.

Shortly after Sixers coach Brett Brown sought out Marjanovic in the trainer's room, a team spokesman said the injury would be further evaluated on Tuesday, when an MRI was scheduled.

''It was tough to see him go down and be in pain. So, I'm praying that everything will be all right for him and we can get him back ASAP,'' Harris said. ''He did an amazing job out there when he was playing.''

Philadelphia nearly squandered a 10-point lead after Jimmy Butler's 12-foot jumper made it 110-100 with 2:48 left. The Sixers missed five shots and three of four free throws - including two misses by Jonathon Simmons with 9 seconds left - allowing the Pelicans a chance to win it with any type of field goal on their last possession.

''My head at the moment is completely with Boban, to be frank,'' Brown said when asked about his team nearly squandering the lead. ''So whatever level of disappointment I may have, I don't feel it so much now. We won the game and I'm really thinking about him.''

With no timeouts, New Orleans scrambled to get the ball up the court after Philadelphia's last missed free throw and E'Twaun Moore attempted a 25-foot heave from the left wing with about 3 seconds on the clock when he pulled up.

The shot was not close and Harris secured the rebound as time expired.

Gentry said the first option as to get the ball to guard Jrue Holiday.

''Obviously, we weren't able to do that,'' Gentry said, adding that Butler ''did a great job'' of hustling to contest Moore's shot. ''E'Twaun shooting that shot - we have to live with that.''

Anthony Davis scored 18 points in 21 minutes, but was taken out of the game for good with 5:11 left in the third quarter as the Pelicans continue limiting his playing time since his trade request in late January.

Holiday had 22 points for New Orleans. His 3-pointer pulled New Orleans as close as 110-107 with 1:36 left, but he missed a 3-point attempt that could have tied it with 45 seconds left and also missed a free throw with 18 seconds left.

Julius Randle added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Pelicans, who trailed by as many as 17 points in the third quarter.

TIP-INS

76ers: Mike Scott scored 12 on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. He missed all four of his 2-point attempts ... Butler had 11 points, but missed 11 of 16 shots. ... Philadelphia turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 23 Pelicans points.

Pelicans: Elfrid Payton scored 10 points, giving him double figures scoring in all three games since he returned from a right ankle sprain that sidelined him the last nine games before the All-Star break. ... Reserve forward Cheick Diallo made all four of his shots for eight points in 18 minutes, making him 12 of 12 from the field during his last two games.

EARLY EXIT

Davis said he knew he would not play in the fourth quarter because he and Gentry discussed bunching his limited minutes on the court closer together during the first three periods.

''That way I can stay in a rhythm longer,'' Davis said. ''I've never been a guy who sat in the fourth quarter, you know, so it's a little tough. But I'll sit on the bench and cheer for these guys and they did a good job.''

UP NEXT

76ers: Visit Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Pelicans: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
B. Simmons
25 PG
A. Davis
23 PF
35.6 Min. Per Game 35.6
27.8 Pts. Per Game 27.8
4.2 Ast. Per Game 4.2
12.8 Reb. Per Game 12.8
56.7 Field Goal % 50.9
56.9 Three Point % 50.8
59.0 Free Throw % 80.2
  Defensive rebound by Tobias Harris 0:00
  E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
  PHI team rebound 0:09
  Jonathon Simmons missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Personal foul on Julius Randle 0:09
+ 2 Julius Randle made layup, assist by Jrue Holiday 0:10
+ 1 Tobias Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:16
  Tobias Harris missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:16
+ 1 Jrue Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
  NO team rebound 0:18
  Jrue Holiday missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
Team Stats
Points 111 110
Field Goals 44-101 (43.6%) 44-104 (42.3%)
3-Pointers 10-31 (32.3%) 5-28 (17.9%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 17-24 (70.8%)
Total Rebounds 65 65
Offensive 15 14
Defensive 43 40
Team 7 11
Assists 23 29
Steals 9 15
Blocks 8 8
Turnovers 19 13
Fouls 19 19
Technicals 0 1
29 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 5 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo 76ers 39-22 31342818111
home team logo Pelicans 27-35 24283127110
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 39-22 108.7 PPG 48.5 RPG 24.4 APG
home team logo Pelicans 27-35 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Harris SF 15.5 PPG 9.2 RPG 4.0 APG 42.5 FG%
J. Holiday PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Harris SF 29 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
J. Holiday PG 22 PTS 5 REB 7 AST
43.6 FG% 42.3
32.3 3PT FG% 17.9
68.4 FT% 70.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Harris 29 10 3 10/16 2/8 7/8 0 38 0 2 2 1 9 -1 45
J. Redick 16 3 3 5/16 3/9 3/5 3 35 2 0 2 0 3 0 25
B. Simmons 14 12 2 7/16 0/1 0/0 2 34 1 1 3 4 8 -5 29
J. Butler 11 7 7 5/16 0/2 1/2 1 34 2 1 3 4 3 -6 32
J. Bolden 9 6 3 4/9 1/5 0/0 5 18 1 2 2 1 5 -4 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Harris 29 10 3 10/16 2/8 7/8 0 38 0 2 2 1 9 -1 45
J. Redick 16 3 3 5/16 3/9 3/5 3 35 2 0 2 0 3 0 25
B. Simmons 14 12 2 7/16 0/1 0/0 2 34 1 1 3 4 8 -5 29
J. Butler 11 7 7 5/16 0/2 1/2 1 34 2 1 3 4 3 -6 32
J. Bolden 9 6 3 4/9 1/5 0/0 5 18 1 2 2 1 5 -4 22
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Scott 12 2 2 4/9 4/5 0/0 2 30 0 0 5 1 1 +4 13
B. Marjanovic 12 10 1 6/8 0/0 0/0 3 20 1 2 0 3 7 +8 27
J. Simmons 4 3 0 1/6 0/1 2/4 3 13 2 0 1 1 2 +3 8
T. McConnell 4 5 2 2/5 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 0 1 0 5 +6 12
J. Ennis III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Embiid - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Milton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Highsmith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 58 23 44/101 10/31 13/19 19 235 9 8 19 15 43 +5 213
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 22 5 7 7/16 2/8 6/7 2 34 3 1 3 1 4 +3 42
J. Randle 19 14 1 6/18 0/1 7/9 4 34 3 2 0 6 8 +1 40
A. Davis 18 6 2 8/14 0/0 2/4 2 20 2 3 1 2 4 +1 32
E. Payton 10 4 14 5/13 0/4 0/0 3 30 1 0 2 1 3 +13 41
K. Williams 4 2 2 2/6 0/3 0/0 2 25 0 1 3 0 2 -7 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 22 5 7 7/16 2/8 6/7 2 34 3 1 3 1 4 +3 42
J. Randle 19 14 1 6/18 0/1 7/9 4 34 3 2 0 6 8 +1 40
A. Davis 18 6 2 8/14 0/0 2/4 2 20 2 3 1 2 4 +1 32
E. Payton 10 4 14 5/13 0/4 0/0 3 30 1 0 2 1 3 +13 41
K. Williams 4 2 2 2/6 0/3 0/0 2 25 0 1 3 0 2 -7 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
E. Moore 9 3 2 4/12 1/7 0/0 0 20 2 0 0 1 2 -7 18
C. Diallo 8 5 0 4/4 0/0 0/0 4 17 2 1 1 0 5 +10 15
J. Okafor 6 4 1 2/5 0/0 2/4 0 17 0 0 0 0 4 -7 12
I. Clark 5 2 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 0 2 -3 6
S. Johnson 5 3 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 1 8 0 0 1 1 2 -12 7
F. Jackson 4 6 0 2/8 0/1 0/0 0 19 2 0 1 2 4 +3 11
J. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 54 29 44/104 5/28 17/24 19 236 15 8 13 14 40 -5 232