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Heading into Wednesday night's game against the Charlotte Hornets, the Philadelphia 76ers had two active significant win streaks. In their last seven games, the Sixers found success and picked up wins over the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, and the Houston Rockets on two occasions.

With the Hornets in town, the Sixers were looking to make it eight in a row as they had an opportunity to build on their season-high win streak after beating it with a win in Houston on Monday.

However, the seven-game win streak wasn't the only one they could build on on Wednesday. With the Hornets in town, the Sixers had an opportunity to defeat Charlotte for the 17th-straight time. The last time the Sixers fell short to the Hornets was on November 2, 2016.

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Ever since then, they've been on a tear when facing the Hornets. This season, the 76ers and the Hornets faced off twice in Charlotte back in December. While the Hornets came close to breaking out of the Sixers slump in the first outing as they forced overtime, Philadelphia came out on top with a 127-124 win.

Two nights later, the Sixers picked up a four-point victory in regulation. Those first two losses must've given the Hornets extra motivation on Wednesday night as Charlotte came out hot in South Philly on Wednesday. 

Although the Sixers outscored the Hornets 35-34 in the first quarter of action, the Sixers were simply outplayed for the remainder of the game as the lead changed just once early on in the second half.

While the Sixers teased a possible comeback on several occasions, they could never get close enough to pose a threat to Charlotte. In the end, the Hornets snapped the 16-game losing streak to the Sixers by upsetting them 109-98 on their home court. With that loss, the Sixers picked up their 17th loss of the season, which becomes their first defeat of the new year.

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