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The Philadelphia 76ers kickstarted a five-game home stretch this week starting off with a Tuesday night game against the New Orleans Pelicans. 

Despite getting off to a slower start than expected, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris put the Sixers on their backs and led their team to a double-digit win over the Pelicans to pick up their 28th win of the year.

After getting the day off on Wednesday night, the Sixers returned to their home court to host the Los Angeles Lakers. At first, it seemed the Lakers were going to be equipped with their superstar duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis as Davis returned to the floor earlier this week after missing several months worth of games.

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While Davis got clearance to play as expected, LeBron James was surprisingly scratched from the matchup. On Thursday morning, the Lakers listed James as questionable as he was dealing with knee soreness. A couple of hours before tip-off, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel confirmed that James was not going to get the nod to play against the Sixers.

In the first quarter of action, the Sixers outscored the Lakers by ten with a solid collective effort by Embiid and Harris. While Anthony Davis kept his team in the game with 23 first-half points, the Sixers still maintained a 54-48 lead at halftime. 

Coming out for the second half, the Sixers once again took total control of the game as they led by as much as 22 points in the third quarter. The Sixers struggled in the scoring department in the fourth quarter, but at that point, the game was far out of reach for the Lakers.

When it was all said and done, the Sixers dominated the Lakers. Winning 105-87, the Sixers picked up their 29th victory of the season. 

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