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Holiday saves Pelicans in 131-124 win over 76ers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Right when it looked as if rising star Ben Simmons might lift the 76ers to an unlikely road victory, a guy that used to have Simmons' job in Philadelphia took over in the clutch and rescued the Pelicans.

Jrue Holiday made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when he scored 19 of his 34 points, and New Orleans overcame an eight-point deficit in the final period to beat short-handed Philadelphia 131-124 on Sunday night.

The 6-foot-4 Holiday, an Eastern Conference All-Star in Philadelphia before being traded to New Orleans in 2013, struggled to create scoring chances on dribble drives against the 6-foot-10 Simmons, missing eight of his first 12 shots. He shifted his focus to passing out of his drives and committed five turnovers.

Then Holiday opened the fourth quarter by letting fly quick 3s and changed the game.

''I guess it was just my turn at that time,'' Holiday said. ''Obviously, we were down and I was having a rough game passing the ball.''

Rajon Rondo, who sat out the Pelicans' collapse against Sacramento on Friday night, returned with 13 points and 18 assists.

Holiday said Rondo fueled New Orleans' 44-point fourth quarter with his ability to push the pace and ''get everybody a good shot.''

''My points are (thanks) to him,'' Holiday asserted. ''Right when he came back in, everything changed for me.''

Anthony Davis added 29 points and DeMarcus Cousins 23 for New Orleans, which looked out-of-synch in the third quarter and in danger of dropping a second straight at home.

''We didn't want to happen what happened last game,'' Holiday said. ''That's all that we kept on talking about.''

Simmons, who played one season at LSU before being selected first overall in the 2016 draft, had 27 points and 10 rebounds. He dazzled the crowd with a handful of explosive, driving dunks, including a reverse jam along the baseline that had the Sixers as close as 108-107 with 7:26 left.

But Holiday and Davis responded with 3s to make it 114-107.

''Closing games out on the road is always difficult,'' Sixers coach Brett Brown said. ''It's especially difficult with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday'' on the other team.

J.J. Redick, who had 28 points, hit a tough 22-foot jumper that briefly cut the Sixers' deficit to five with four minutes left, but Holiday again responded with a 3, and his final 3 a couple possessions later gave the Pelicans' an 11-point lead with 2:54 to go.

Already without 6-foot-9 starting forward Robert Covington, the Sixers scratched 7-foot center Joel Embiid minutes before the game because of back stiffness.

''We have to be more consistent and make the right plays every time,'' Simmons said. ''When we make mistakes and do not have guys like Joel and Cov to make up for it, it gets tough. We have to just come together as a team and get through it.''

Still, Philadelphia outrebounded New Orleans 47-33 and outscored the Pelicans 60-44 in the paint. The Sixers snagged 22 offensive rebounds, which tied a season-high and led to 20 second-chance points.

TIP-INS

76ers: Embiid, whose playing time had been limited since offseason knee surgery, was expected to play in New Orleans after sitting out in Cleveland on Saturday night. ... Covington was ruled out because of a back injury stemming from his leap into the stands in Cleveland a night earlier. ... Guard T.J. McConnell also was scratched with a left shoulder sprain. ... Amir Johnson and Trevor Booker each had 16 points for the Sixers. ... Dario Saric had 13 points and 11 rebounds. ... Richaun Holmes scored 12 points.

Pelicans: E'Twaun Moore had 14 points and Dante Cunningham 10. ... Davis was called for a flagrant foul with 4:54 to go for lifting his elbow while setting a screen and hitting Simmons in the head. ... Cousins' playing time was limited when he was assessed his fifth foul with 9:33 left. ... Reserve swing player Tony Allen dropped to the court in the first quarter before limping to the locker room on his own with what team officials said was a left knee injury. He did not return.

KEEPING MOMENTUM

Cousins said he persuaded coach Alvin Gentry to delay subbing him back into the game in the fourth quarter because he didn't want to disrupt New Orleans' surge into the lead.

''He wanted me to get AD a break, but at that moment we were kind of going on a run, so I said, `Coach, let `em roll,''' Cousins recalled. ''I just didn't want to be the guy to break what we had going on.''

UP NEXT

76ers: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Pelicans: At Houston on Monday night.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
D. Cousins
0 C
35.8 Min. Per Game 35.8
26.3 Pts. Per Game 26.3
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
12.6 Reb. Per Game 12.6
48.6 Field Goal % 46.7
48.6 Three Point % 46.3
79.0 Free Throw % 74.3
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:01
  Defensive rebound by DeMarcus Cousins 0:23
  Ben Simmons missed jump shot 0:26
  Out of bounds turnover on Jrue Holiday 0:32
+ 2 Ben Simmons made dunk, assist by JJ Redick 0:37
+ 1 DeMarcus Cousins made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:40
+ 1 DeMarcus Cousins made 1st of 2 free throws 0:40
  Personal foul on Ben Simmons 0:40
+ 2 Ben Simmons made driving dunk 0:43
+ 1 Jrue Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:49
+ 1 Jrue Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 0:49
Team Stats
Points 124 131
Field Goals 44-96 (45.8%) 46-80 (57.5%)
3-Pointers 9-29 (31.0%) 15-24 (62.5%)
Free Throws 27-30 (90.0%) 24-32 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 53 43
Offensive 22 5
Defensive 25 28
Team 6 10
Assists 26 31
Steals 5 11
Blocks 4 9
Turnovers 17 14
Fouls 29 22
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST
13 PTS, 2 REB, 18 AST
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away team logo 76ers 13-13 26294029124
home team logo Pelicans 14-13 32342144131
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 13-13 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
home team logo Pelicans 14-13 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
Key Players
J. Redick SG 17.1 PPG 2.5 RPG 3.0 APG 46.0 FG%
J. Holiday PG 19.0 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.0 APG 49.4 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Redick SG 28 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
J. Holiday PG 34 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
45.8 FG% 57.5
31.0 3PT FG% 62.5
90.0 FT% 75.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 35 28 3 4 0 0 3 2 8/14 3/7 9/9 0 3 36 -3
B. Simmons 35 27 5 10 0 1 5 4 10/16 0/0 7/9 2 3 48 -4
A. Johnson 24 16 5 4 1 0 1 4 5/7 1/1 5/5 3 2 29 -6
D. Saric 27 13 11 4 0 0 2 4 5/16 3/6 0/0 5 6 30 0
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 23 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 2/10 0/4 0/0 1 0 5 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 35 28 3 4 0 0 3 2 8/14 3/7 9/9 0 3 36 -3
B. Simmons 35 27 5 10 0 1 5 4 10/16 0/0 7/9 2 3 48 -4
A. Johnson 24 16 5 4 1 0 1 4 5/7 1/1 5/5 3 2 29 -6
D. Saric 27 13 11 4 0 0 2 4 5/16 3/6 0/0 5 6 30 0
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 23 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 2/10 0/4 0/0 1 0 5 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Booker 24 16 9 0 1 1 2 3 5/9 0/1 6/7 5 4 25 -9
R. Holmes 23 12 9 1 1 2 0 5 6/11 0/1 0/0 5 4 26 -1
F. Korkmaz 19 5 3 1 0 0 1 3 2/6 1/4 0/0 1 2 9 -2
J. Bayless 25 3 1 1 2 0 1 2 1/7 1/5 0/0 0 1 7 -5
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Covington - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Embiid - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. McConnell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 124 47 26 5 4 17 29 44/96 9/29 27/30 22 25 215 -35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 41 34 4 5 2 2 6 1 11/21 5/8 7/8 0 4 46 +14
A. Davis 40 29 8 4 1 5 3 5 11/19 1/1 6/9 1 7 48 +9
D. Cousins 28 23 9 2 1 1 2 5 7/10 2/3 7/9 0 9 36 -3
E. Moore 37 14 3 1 1 0 0 5 6/11 2/4 0/0 2 1 20 +7
R. Rondo 37 13 2 18 5 1 3 0 5/7 1/2 2/2 0 2 54 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Holiday 41 34 4 5 2 2 6 1 11/21 5/8 7/8 0 4 46 +14
A. Davis 40 29 8 4 1 5 3 5 11/19 1/1 6/9 1 7 48 +9
D. Cousins 28 23 9 2 1 1 2 5 7/10 2/3 7/9 0 9 36 -3
E. Moore 37 14 3 1 1 0 0 5 6/11 2/4 0/0 2 1 20 +7
R. Rondo 37 13 2 18 5 1 3 0 5/7 1/2 2/2 0 2 54 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Cunningham 22 10 4 1 1 0 0 2 3/4 2/2 2/4 1 3 17 +12
D. Miller 14 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 1 7 -5
I. Clark 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 0 3 -2
O. Asik 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -3
T. Allen 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nelson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 131 33 31 11 9 14 22 46/80 15/24 24/32 5 28 232 +35