After being one of the worst teams in the league last season, the Toronto Raptors are on the verge of claiming one of the top spots in the Eastern Conference this year.

The Raptors may have a shot to clinch the first division title in franchise history when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday.

Coming off a season in which it went 27-55 to finish with the NBA's fifth-worst record, Toronto (42-33) already has locked up its first playoff berth since 2002.

With seven games remaining, the Raptors have a 6 1/2-game lead over second-place New Jersey in the Atlantic Division. They will win the first division crown in the team's 12-year history with a win in this game coupled with a Nets loss at Chicago on Friday.

Besides playing for a division crown, Toronto is trying to hold off Miami for third place in the East standings. Finishing with the No. 3 seed could very possibly result in a first-round series against Washington, which will be missing injured star Gilbert Arenas, and ending up at No. 4 likely would mean a matchup with Cleveland or Chicago.

"We are very aware that we are in the race for third place right now," Raptors All-Star Chris Boshsaid. "Every game means something. You can't take a day off."

Toronto bounced back from a 92-89 loss to Miami on Tuesday to beat Orlando 111-108 on Wednesday. The Raptors have won four of five, and are 10-4 since March 7.

After allowing the Magic to score 37 first-quarter points on 83 percent shooting to fall behind by as much as 15, Toronto outscored them 60-42 in the middle two quarters.

"I know that we have come a long way," said Bosh, who had 28 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth straight double-double. "I can count on several occasions in my mind that we were down 15 on the road and we did not capitalize on our situation."

Bosh is averaging 28.3 points in his last four games after averaging 14.0 in his previous three games.

The 6-foot-10 forward has 56 points and 20 rebounds in Toronto's two games against Philadelphia this season.

The Raptors beat the 76ers 106-104 at home on Nov. 8 and won 104-86 in Philadelphia on Jan. 15. They have never won the first three meetings of a season series with the Sixers.

Philadelphia (30-44) defeated New York 92-90 on Wednesday to give a boost to its faint playoff hopes.

The Sixers are in 11th place in the East, 3 1/2 games back of Orlando for the eighth and final playoff spot.

"We're just trying to get wins," said Kyle Korver, who scored 17 points against the Knicks. "It doesn't matter who it's against even though it's a big rivalry between two teams. We're just trying to get better, it doesn't matter who it is whether it's New York, Dallas or Phoenix."

Andre Iguodala scored 18 points on Wednesday and blocked Stephon Marbury's potential winning 3-point try as time expired.

Iguodala is averaging a team-high 18.2 points, but has scored only 25 in two games against the Raptors this season.

These teams conclude the regular season against each other on April 18 in Toronto.

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