The difference between last night's 102-92 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers and the 76ers' previous three defeats was that last night's was in front of the home fans.

Many of the 20,484 fans in the sellout crowd were at the Wachovia Center to see LeBron James and an amazing display.

What they witnessed instead was the Sixers' fourth loss in four games since the team clinched a playoff berth.

After beating the Detroit Pistons a week ago and talking about chasing the Atlanta Hawks for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers have lost four straight, dropped to 40-39, and still could slip to eighth in the playoff seedings.

Right now, the Sixers are sixth, one game behind the fifth-place Miami Heat, and one game ahead of the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons.

"We can't worry about anybody else," Andre Iguodala said.

The Cavaliers, who are an NBA-best 64-15, clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Although a Sixers victory did not happen, there were plenty of oh, wow moments: a thunderous breakaway slam by James, a half-court crossover facial by Iguodala, and a pesky Sixers team that did enough to hang around, but surrendered too many three-pointers to have a chance to win.

"We thought we were there; we thought we had a chance," Sixers coach Tony DiLeo said.

At the end of the first half, Iguodala was being guarded by James, who appeared to bend lower in his defensive crouch as if demonstrating his commitment to the half's final possession. Iguodala crossed past him and slipped to the left side of the lane. He did not finish with his left, but was so high he returned to his right, jamming the ball through the rim with James by his side.

The Sixers were playing pesky little brother behind 17 points by reserve guard Lou Williams, 26 by Iguodala, and 17 by point guard Andre Miller.

James had 27 to lead Cleveland.

But in the end, it wasn't James' scoring that sent streams of spectators toward the exits. It was his passing. James waited for the Sixers to do as most of the fans had done: follow James' every move. Then he dished to open teammates Wally Szczerbiak, Mo Williams and Delonte West.

The Cavs were 12 for 23 from beyond the three-point arc.

"Some of those threes were open, but they made some great contested ones, too," DiLeo said.

The Cavaliers made their second-to-last three with a little less than three minutes remaining.

That was the shot that seemed to slam shut the door that had been slowly closing all game.