76ers blast New Orleans early

10 February 2018 13:41:39 EST

The Philadelphia 76ers didn't have to worry about blowing a massive lead as the hosts smashed the New Orleans Pelicans 110-82 at the Wells Fargo Center.

The 76ers started the game on a 23-4 run and never looked back, as Philadelphia led after the first quarter 32-14.

Leading the way for the Sixers was Joel Embiid, as the 23-year old center from Yaounde, Cameroon ended with a game high 24 points while pulling down 16 rebounds for a double-double for the contest.

Embiid was red hot from the start of the game, with the talkative All-Star hitting his first six shots after being a game time decision before the game.

Dario Saric also added 24 points and the 23-year old Croatian is averaging 19.3 points per game in February.

Should Saric continue to improve the Sixers could be a very nasty team to face in the postseason. Philadelphia currently holds on to the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of the Detroit Pistons, but only four games back of the Cleveland Cavaliers in third place.

New Orleans was led by Anthony Davis, as the 24-year old Chicago, Illinois ended the contest with only 14 points while grabbing eight rebounds and nabbing one steal for the game.

The Pelicans now travel north to New York City to square off with the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center before concluding their three-game road trip against the Pistons in Detroit early next week.

Meanwhile Philadelphia plays the third contest of a five-game home stand when they welcome the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday evening to the Wells Fargo Center.

The 76ers are 8/1 to win the Eastern Conference this season. Cleveland are 4/9 while the Boston Celtics are 5/2.

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