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Noel has double-double in 76ers’ 96-81 win over Pelicans

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nerlens Noel had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams scored 22 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 96-81 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

The Sixers never trailed in only their third home win of the season. They put away the short-handed Pelicans in a hurry, making 10 of their first 14 shots and racing to a 16-point lead in the first quarter.

New Orleans played without center Anthony Davis and guard Jrue Holiday. Davis, averaging 24.2 points and 10.4 rebounds, sat out with a sprained left toe suffered late in Wednesday night’s win at Detroit. Holiday, a former 76ers All-Star guard, missed a second straight game with right ankle inflammation.

Alexis Ajinca had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans and Eric Gordon also scored 16.

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