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Philadelphia: Gonna fly now

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The GIST: The Sixers put on a scoring spectacular in their 141โ€“136 win over the Washington Wizards last night, while the Villanova Wildcats have been forced to sit this week out due to positive COVID-19 tests. You win some, you lose some.

January 08, 2021
SOURCE: TIM NWACHUKWU/GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: TIM NWACHUKWU/GETTY IMAGES

NBA: In the Sixersโ€™ fifth-straight win, the team drained 82 points in the first half, making it the sixth-highest first-half point total in the history of the franchise. Then in the third quarter, forward Tobias Harris notched his 10,000th career point. Just listen to that swish.

  • Tonight, the team will take on the 4-4 Brooklyn Nets, who are currently without star forward Kevin Durant due to his NBA-mandated quarantine. Anyone else want to break more scoring records? Because this seems like the perfect opportunity.

College: ICYMI, Villanova head coach Jay Wright tested positive for COVID-19 on December 26th, and the program paused for a week to allow for his recovery. But just as the Wildcats began to prepare for their Tuesday game, two players returned positive tests.

  • In light of these cases, the No. 3-ranked team has postponed all games through January 13th. Itโ€™s going to get complicated trying to reschedule these matchups, but hereโ€™s hoping they can get back to safely hooping soon.