NBA Standings 2012: Heat close on the Knicks

Mike Ehrmann

The Heat are just percentage points back of first place in the East.

The Miami Heat are 9-3 and in a virtual tie with the New York Knicks for first place in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are narrowly ahead in win percentage, but Miami made up ground this week as New York suffered its first two losses.

The Heat are two games ahead in the Atlantic Division. Charlotte and Atlanta are tied at 6-4.

Orlando has struggled out of the gate, dropping seven of its first 11 games. The Magic have had troubles on the road, where they are just 1-5 this year.

Milwaukee is the third Eastern division leader, and the only team in the Central to have a winning record. They are 6-4, which ties them with the Hawks, Bobcats and Nets for the third-best record in the East.

Memphis leads the Western Conference by percentage points over Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Those three are followed closely by the Clippers.

The Wizards are the only team still winless on the year. Washington has dropped its first 10 games. No other team has less than two wins thus far.

Full standings for both conferences are below:


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Memphis Grizzlies 10 8-2 .800
Oklahoma City Thunder 12 9-3 .750
San Antonio Spurs 12 9-3 .750
Los Angeles Clippers 11 8-3 .727
Golden State Warriors 12 7-5 .583
Dallas Mavericks 13 7-6 .538
Denver Nuggets 12 6-6 .500
Utah Jazz 12 6-6 .500
Minnesota Timberwolves 10 5-5 .500
Los Angeles Lakers 12 6-6 .500
Portland Trail Blazers 11 5-6 .455
Phoenix Suns 12 5-7 .417
Houston Rockets 12 5-7 .417
New Orleans Hornets 10 3-7 .300
Sacramento Kings 11 3-8 .273


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
New York Knicks 10 8-2 .800
Miami Heat 12 9-3 .750
Milwaukee Bucks 10 6-4 .600
Charlotte Bobcats 10 6-4 .600
Brooklyn Nets 10 6-4 .600
Atlanta Hawks 10 6-4 .600
Philadelphia 76ers 12 7-5 .583
Boston Celtics 12 6-6 .500
Indiana Pacers 13 6-7 .462
Chicago Bulls 11 5-6 .455
Orlando Magic 11 4-7 .364
Cleveland Cavaliers 11 3-8 .273
Toronto Raptors 12 3-9 .250
Detroit Pistons 12 2-10 .167
Washington Wizards 10 0-10 .000

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