With 20 games left in the season and a playoff berth getting farther and farther out of reach, the easy thing for the Sixers to do going into Monday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center against the streaking Nets would be to just play it out.

That would be human nature, according to veteran guard Damien Wilkins.

Limping into the final month of the regular season and riding a five-game losing streak, things have looked grim for the Sixers. But for one night in a 106-97 victory over the streaking Brooklyn Nets, the Sixers looked good (see Instant Replay).

This was the way they were supposed to play all year.

“The toughest thing to do is come in every day and stay positive and focused on doing the right things,” Wilkins said. “It’s human nature to look for the easy way to do things.”

But in ending the losing streak, the Sixers did all those little extra things. They got to the foul line 27 times, they made the extra pass as evidenced by the 31 assists and 52.6 percent shooting percentage, and they made some three-pointers, going 8 for 15 from beyond the arc.

It was almost as if Andrew Bynum had laced them up.

Instead of Bynum, it was center Spencer Hawes minding the paint and posting the all-around big numbers. With a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, Hawes notched his 11th double-double of the season and his fifth in the last seven games.