76ers hit the skids as losses mount

DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer Published:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- One month ago, the Philadelphia 76ers were one of the early-season success stories in the NBA.

The Sixers were 11 games over .500 on Feb. 13 and had started to distance themselves in the Atlantic Division. Returning the same roster from last season -- when the Sixers pushed the Miami Heat to five games in the playoffs -- confidence was soaring and so was the win total.

The Sixers are now in a big-time slump and are losing their grip on the division lead. The Sixers lost five straight games at the end of last month and have lost three of four entering Wednesday's game against Boston. The Celtics, and Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks have improved over that span, and suddenly the division is up for grabs.

The Sixers' inability to find a go-to scorer down the stretch has cost them. Each of their last four losses have come by six or less points.