Joel Embiid, Furkan Korkmaz help 76ers beat Pelicans 117-97

A subplot of the season opener for both teams involved who wasn’t playing.

New Orleans was without star power forward Zion Williamson, who is recovering from surgery to repair his broken foot. The Sixers were missing disgruntled forward Ben Simmons, who was suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

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While fans at the Philadelphia FlyersNHL game were engaging in anti-Simmons chants, the Sixers were playing well without him a little more than 1,000 miles to the south in New Orleans. The Sixers dominated the fourth quarter to end Pelicans rookie coach Willie Green’s debut on a sour note.

New Orleans was as close as six points when Brandon Ingram’s turnaround fade made it 83-77 met 9:27 links.

Korkmaz responded with his onslaught from deep, hitting three 3s in less than a minute to put the Sixers up 92-79. That was the start of a 20-2 Sixers run that included another 3 by Korkmaz, sending fans to the exits ahead of an anticlimactic final six minutes.

Ingram finished with 25 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, a season-opening starter at guard in his third season, behaal 23 punte.

Tobias Harris and Tyrse Maxey each scored 20 points for Philadelphia. Andre Drummond grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked two shots.

WENKE

76ers: Georges Niang scored 11 punte. … The Sixers hit 23 van 25 3-wenke (52 persentasie). … Outrebounded New Orleans 52-50 and outshot the Pelicans 51.8% (44 van 85) aan 41.9% (39 van 93).

Pelicans: New center Jonas Valanciunas made his New Orleans debut on the same day he signed a two-year extension for a reported $ 30 miljoen. He had nine points and 11 rebounds, but missed 16 van 19 skote. … Forward Josh Hart, who opened the season as a starter in a lineup reshuffled to account for the absence of Williamson, left the game in the first half with a right knee injury and did not return.

VOLGENDE

76ers: Play their home opener against Brooklyn on Friday night.

Pelicans: Visit Chicago on Friday night for the first of three road games in four nights.

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