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The Philadelphia 76ers returned to the court on Tuesday night following a busy week. After collecting wins over the Orlando Magic and the San Antonio Spurs, and falling short to the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sixers welcomed the New Orleans Pelicans to South Philly to kickstart a new week.

At first, the Sixers struggled against the Pelicans. After getting off to an underwhelming start, the Sixers trailed New Orleans through two quarters. But then Joel Embiid put on a dominant second-half performance. Led by an Embiid, Tobias Harris rally, the Sixers defeated the Pelicans on Tuesday night and picked up their 28th win of the year.

Now, the Sixers are set to host the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time this season on Thursday night. While the 76ers will still miss a couple of key role players, they are slowly getting healthier as they prepare to take on the 24-24 Lakers.

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

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