Finishing a five-game road trip with a 3-2 record is impressive under any circumstances, much less the strange (and sometimes, wonderful) circumstances that have defined the NBA season so far.
Thanks to their hot start, the 76ers return home in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division—a far cry from last season, when they began the campaign 3-13.
The Jan. 6 home opener against the Detroit Pistons marks the beginning of a stretch where Philadelphia will play 18 of its next 22 games at the Wells Fargo Center. But while the 76ers will undoubtedly enjoy the comforts of sleeping in their own beds over the next few weeks, quite a few things were revealed during Philadelphia's 10-day, season-opening road swing.
Here's a look at five things that the 76ers—and the rest of us—learned over the first five games of the 2011-12 season.