The 76ers are in the final stretch of the regular season with just nine games remaining.
And while they still are in contention for a playoff spot, nothing has been secured yet.
The Sixers (36-37), who host Charlotte Wednesday, barely are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Prior to Monday's games, they were 2 1/2 games behind sixth-place Indiana and seventh-place Cleveland, but just one game in front of ninth-place Orlando and 1 1/2 games in front of 10th-place New Jersey, which had won seven of its last 10 games.
Philadelphia is coming off a big 97-93 win Sunday at Boston. Guard Allen Iverson, who was playing with a strained right groin, had 38 points, nine assists and six of his team's season-high 19 steals.
With that win, they pulled within three games of the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics, which means they still have a shot to catch Boston for the division title, which would bring with it a No. 3 seed in the playoffs. The Sixers, who are 3-0 against Boston this season, hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Celtics. The Sixers' schedule over the final nine games is pretty favorable. Six of the nine games will be at home and four of the nine teams have losing records.
However, one of those games is April 17 at surging New Jersey. And the Sixers also must face Cleveland (Friday), Washington (Saturday), Boston (April 12), Miami (April 14) and Indiana (April 15). Washington and Indiana are on the road.
"We just know we have to win our basketball games," Iverson told reporters after the Boston game. "We can't worry about what the Celtics are doing, what the Nets are doing, what Orlando is doing. We've got to get our wins."
Sunday, they jumped out of the gates and led by as many as 26 points in the first quarter at Boston, looking like a much different team than the one that lost by 29 to Phoenix and by 17 to Dallas last week.
Boston, which was without star forward Antoine Walker (knee injury), pulled within three points in the second half, but was unable to pull off the comeback.
Iverson's play was a big reason for that. So was the play of Samuel Dalembert (18 points, 15 rebounds) and rookie Andre Iguodala, who had 10 points and five steals and did a nice defensive job on Boston's Paul Pierce, although he finished with 26 points.
"We executed offensively and got stops," Iverson said. "The whole key is to get stops in this league. If you can't get stops, it puts pressure on you to score every time down the floor."
The Sixers were without starting power forward Chris Webber, who missed his second game with a sprained left shoulder. Webber injured the shoulder in the second half of Wednesday's loss at Phoenix. He could return soon.
With or without Webber, the Sixers need some more wins. And to do that, they need to be more consistent.
"We had a chance to pretty much secure our position and we didn't take advantage of that," Sixers guard Aaron McKie said. "The way I see it, it's going to come down to the last week. Every game is going to count."