It took two months, but finally, the Sixers are on something of a roll.

Winners of two straight games for the first time since Nov. 30, the Sixers also have won three out of their last four games and have a couple of winnable games set for this week. Monday night the lowly Orlando Magic come to town riding a nine-game losing streak with losses in 20 of their last 22.

After a game against Central Division contender Indiana on Wednesday, the Sixers host Charlotte on Saturday, a team tied with Washington for last in the Eastern Conference with losses in 11 of its last 13 games.

Just three games behind the injury-plagued and aged Celtics for the No. 8 seed in the East, the Sixers are getting a break in the schedule just in time. And by the time the All-Star break approaches in two weeks, Andrew Bynum should be nearing a return.

Here are a few storylines that should play out in the next couple of weeks:

Fast starts

Since adding Spencer Hawes and Nick Young to the starting lineup, the Sixers are 3-1 in the opening quarter of games. Not so surprisingly, the Sixers are also 3-1 in those games including two wins in which they won the first frame.

Those first quarters are the key, says coach Doug Collins, who made the move with Hawes and Young as a means to inject some much-needed offense into the first unit with Jason Richardson fighting a knee injury and Lavoy Allen seemingly better suited for a reserve role.