Joel Embiid has scored 20 points and the Philadelphia 76ers earned their 10th victory to match their total from last season, beating the Brooklyn Nets 105-95.
The 76ers broke it open with a 17-2 surge in the fourth quarter to win the clash between the NBA's two worst teams and improve to 10-25 in their first season with former lottery picks Embiid and Dario Saric.
They were 10-72 in 2015-16, just off their own record for worst finish in the 82-game schedule.
Embiid has looked at the standings and seen the 76ers are eight games back of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, and believes that should be a goal.
"I think we have a chance. We've been hot lately," he said.
"We've won three out of four lately, so I look at it and I think we have a chance and we're really figuring things out. We're starting to learn how to win games."
Embiid did his damage without even reaching the 28-minute restriction he was limited to as he recovers from a series of foot injuries that delayed his NBA debut for two years.
He left the court to chants of "Trust the Process!" in a nod to what he and others reminded fans while the Sixers lost big during Sam Hinkie's rebuilding plan.