So far this season, it's the Philadelphia 76ers and not the New York Knicks who are upsetting the balance in the Atlantic Division.
The Knicks, however, are starting to show signs that they're still capable of doing that.
The 76ers look to match their longest winning streak in three years when they face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
Heading into the 2011-12 season, the Knicks (5-4) were expected to be the main threat to Boston's run of four straight division titles. Instead it's been Philadelphia (7-2) that has taken on that role.
The 76ers lead the Atlantic by two games on second-place New York and are 2 1/2 ahead of the Celtics.
"Our guys came back in great shape, we're young, we're resilient," second-year coach Doug Collins said.
Philadelphia is one victory shy of matching its seven-game winning streak from Jan. 6-17, 2009, after a dominant performance in a 112-83 win over Sacramento on Tuesday.
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