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After getting off to a solid start this week with a thrilling victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers returned to the court on Thursday night at home.

For the second time this season, they hosted the Atlanta Hawks in South Philly. Although the Hawks were missing a handful of key players, Philadelphia's recent history against shorthanded teams made it apparent that they might struggle against the undermanned Hawks.

Unfortunately, the Sixers didn't prove anybody wrong. As they came out "too casually" against Atlanta as Doc Rivers described it, the Sixers found themselves in a slump. While they were in a position to win, the Sixers couldn't overcome the depleted Hawks at home and picked up their 16th loss of the year on Thursday.

After getting two days off, the Sixers traveled to Washington D.C. and geared up for a game against the Washington Wizards on Monday. Like several of their recent opponents, the Wizards were short a few key players as Washington deals with COVID cases.

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Unlike their recent performances, the Sixers felt the need to dominate early. While Washington outscored them in the first quarter, the Sixers remained within arms reach. When the second quarter rolled around, Philadelphia found a way to dominate as they outscored Washington 38-24 in the second quarter and entered halftime in the lead by eight points.

In the third quarter, the Sixers found separation as they built up a lead as big as 23 points. After holding Washington to just 17 points before heading into the final quarter of the night, the Sixers put a few of their key starters on the floor for a few minutes in the fourth quarter to ensure they avoid any second-half collapses. 

Eventually, it was clear the game reached garbage time, and the Sixers were on their way to picking up their 17th win of the year. With that victory, the Sixers and the Wizards are now tied in the Eastern Conference as Philly goes up 1-0 over Washington this season, keeping a multi-season win-streal alive.

Now, let's observe the Sixers' individual performances. 

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