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The Philadelphia 76ers closed out a busy four-game slate last week with a matchup on the road against the San Antonio Spurs. Heading into the Sunday night matchup, the Sixers were 1-2 on the week. After participating in a rematch with the Spurs, the Sixers wrapped up the week 2-2 as they defeated San Antonio away from home.

After getting the day off on Monday, the 76ers returned to the court on Tuesday. For the second time this season, the Sixers played the New Orleans Pelicans. Although the two teams were supposed to meet for the second and final time last month, a ton of absences made it difficult for the Sixers to meet the eight-man minimum of available players. Therefore, the matchup was postponed.

New Orleans finally paid a visit to Philadelphia on Tuesday for the make-up game. Heading into the matchup, the Pelicans were the ones with a ton of injuries this time around. Considering the number of valuable players New Orleans was missing on Tuesday, the Sixers were heavily favored over the Pelicans.

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But New Orleans wouldn’t roll over for anybody. In the first quarter, the Pelicans actually outscored the Sixers by four points. They followed up the opening quarter by outscoring the Sixers once again. By halftime, Philadelphia trailed by eight points.

While the Pelicans stunned many with their first half against the Sixers, it was only a matter of time before Joel Embiid and the Sixers woke up. In the third quarter, the lead changed five times. In the fourth quarter, it changed twice. 

While the Pelicans held their own, the Sixers outscored them by 18 points in the second half. With that late-game rally, the Sixers defeated New Orleans 117-107 and picked up their 28th 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_.