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The Philadelphia 76ers didn't get too much rest time this weekend as their busy week continues. On Monday, Philadelphia took a late-notice trip to Houston as they were re-scheduled to face the Rockets earlier than initially anticipated.

Considering the Sixers just faced the Rockets a week prior, they knew their opponent well. Philly took care of business on the road to start the week and picked up the seventh-straight win of their current impressive stretch.

As they exceeded their season-high win streak, the Sixers looked to make it eight in a row at home on Wednesday night against the Charlotte Hornets. However, their opponent had a chip on their shoulder as the Sixers defeated them twice in their house already this season.

The Sixers couldn't protect the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly on Wednesday. As they were flat out outplayed, the Hornets issued the Sixers their first loss of the new year by picking up a 109-98 victory.

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After getting knocked off their high horse, the Sixers looked to bounce back against the Boston Celtics on Friday. From the jump, the 76ers were the better team. Although they engaged in close battles with the Celtics twice earlier in the year, Friday's game was a blowout win for the Sixers as they collected their 24th win of the season.

Less than 24 hours of wrapping up their matchup against Boston, the Sixers tipped off with the Heat in Miami. Philly got off to a slower start than usual as they were outscored by nine points in the first quarter.

While they picked up their play slightly in the second quarter, the Sixers still trailed the Heat at halftime 50-43. In the third quarter, though, the Sixers picked it up by scoring 32 points and holding the Heat to just 23. After getting out in front late in the quarter, the Sixers entered the fourth in the lead.

At that point, the Sixers didn't look back. Leading by as many as 14 points, the Sixers played a phenomenal fourth quarter as they drained over 60-percent of their shots. They outscored Miami 34-25 and picked themselves up another win by taking down the second-place Heat 109-98.


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