The Philadelphia 76ers could not overcome Kobe Bryant's 34 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, but the good news for the 76ers is two teams they are chasing in the Atlantic division also lost over the weekend.
Philadelphia's loss on Sunday dropped them to 12-12 on the season. The Sixers have lost three straight games and are fourth in the division and ninth in the Eastern Conference. They didn't, however, lose much ground over the weekend as the two teams immediately ahead of them in the Atlantic also lost.
The Brooklyn Nets rallied late against Chicago but still came up short in an 83-82 loss to the Bulls on Saturday. The Boston Celtics also lost on Saturday, falling to the Spurs 103-88. The New York Knicks were the only contending team in the Atlantic to pick up a win over the weekend and New York barely edged Cleveland 103-102.
With the weekend results, Philadelphia is just 1/2-game behind the Celtics, 1-1/2 games behind Boston and 6-1/2 behind New York.