Anthony Davis had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help New Orleans win for the sixth time in seven games, a stint which includes victories over several contending squads including Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jeff Teague scored 21 for Atlanta, but the Hawks fell behind by double digits in the first quarter and failed to even tie it.
Eric Gordon scored 20 points for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans scored 15 points and tied a season high with 12 assists for the fourth time in five games.
Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, and LeBron James added 18 points and 11 assists as the Cavaliers staggered to their 11th straight win 97-84.
The winning streak is Cleveland’s longest since reeling off 13 in a row?? a franchise record, ??in 2010, the last season of James’ first stint with the club. The Cavs had trouble putting away the young Philadelphia Sixers, who did all they could to stay close but didn’t have the firepower to keep up with Irving, James and one of the NBA’s hottest teams.
At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook’s second triple-double of the season and 10th of his career helped the Thunder defeat the Orlando Magic 104-97 without the injured Kevin Durant.
Westbrook, an All-Star point guard, had 25 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.
Durant sat out with a sprained big toe on his left foot.
Victor Oladipo scored 22 points and Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points for the Magic, who lost their ninth straight.
The New Orleans Hornets downed the Washington Wizards 92-88 after Al Jefferson had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 13 points and 13 rebounds, Brian Roberts scored 18 points, and Gerald Henderson put in 17 for the Hornets.
In other games, Khris Middleton scored 25 points, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Toronto Raptors 82-75, the Brooklyn Nets edged the Los Angeles Clippers 102-100, the Dallas Mavericks downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-94 and the Memphis Grizzlies narrowly beat the Phoenix Suns 102-101.
Cleveland Cavaliers 97 ??? 84 Philadelphia 76ers
Charlotte Hornets 92 ??? 88 Washington Wizards
Brooklyn 102 Nets ??? 100 Los Angeles Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks 82 ??? 75 Toronto Raptors
New Orleans Pelicans 115 – 100 Atlanta Hawks
Oklahoma City Magic 104 ??? 97 Orlando Magic
Dallas Mavericks 100 ??? 94 Minnesota Timberwolves
Memphis Grizzlies 102 ??? 101 Phoenix Suns