"We still gave up 105 points," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "From my standpoint, you give up 30 points in the first quarter, there's a lot to be desired. But it is a lineup that can cause problems, we just have to learn how to defend and share the ball better."
New Orleans took a 12-point lead late in the second quarter on Anthony Davis' fast-break layup after a steal by Holiday to cap off a 15-2 run.
The Sixers responded with a pair of 3-pointers and an 8-2 run of their own to end the half down 61-55.
Gordon and Ryan Anderson led the Pelicans at the break with 11 points apiece. Turner also had 11, including three of the Sixers' nine first-half 3-pointers. They went cold in the second half, making just three from beyond the arc.
New Orleans shot 55 percent from the field, including 8 for 20 (40 percent) on 3-pointers.
Just two weeks ago, the Pelicans clobbered the Sixers in a 135-98 affair in New Orleans. Friday's game marked the final of two meetings between the clubs this season.
"I'm gonna be for real, I'm glad we beat 'em twice," Holiday said. "Obviously it's good to see old teammates, it's great to come back here and feel the love from the fans, but it feels good to beat them."
NOTES: The Sixers allowed their opponent triple-digit points for the 15th time in 17 games. ... Hawes' double-double streak ended at three games. ... Sunday, the Sixers face the Pistons in Detroit and the Pelicans play the Knicks in New York.