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Coming off of a shockingly tight win against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night, the Philadelphia 76ers returned to the floor on Monday for their toughest matchup in weeks.

For the first time this season, the Memphis Grizzlies came to South Philly. Entering the matchup, the Grizzlies possessed a 31-18 record. They placed third in the Western Conference. 

While the Sixers were in a similar position as they placed third in the Eastern Conference with a 30-19 record, they were dealing with some unfortunate circumstances going into the game.

Hours before the Sixers arrived at the Wells Fargo Center, the team decided to make Monday a rest night for Philadelphia’s superstar center, Joel Embiid. While the matchup the team chose to sit Embiid out certainly wasn’t ideal, the Sixers remained motivated heading into the game as they wanted revenge for the first time they faced the Grizzlies. 

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Back in December, the Grizzlies dominated the Embiid, Curry-less Sixers by 35 points. However, the results in the late January matchup were much different.

In the first quarter of action, Philly’s offense didn’t lose a step at all. As they scored nearly 40 points, the Sixers led the Grizzlies through one. And while the Grizzlies outscored the Sixers in the second quarter, Philadelphia still had a lead as they were up 63-58 heading into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Sixers and Grizzlies were neck and neck as Memphis outscored Philly 21-22. Despite changing the lead twice and tying the game up eight times, the Sixers maintained a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Once again, the Sixers and the Grizzlies went back and forth. In the fourth quarter, the lead changed ten times. By the end of regulation, both teams needed an extra quarter to settle the score. Before overtime began, Memphis picked up one point due to a technical foul called on Doc Rivers.

Despite having a slight advantage going into overtime, the Sixers got the edge over Memphis in the extra period. Once the final five minutes were up, the Sixers came out on top with a 122-119 win over Memphis. With that victory, the Sixers pick up their 31st win of the year.

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Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.