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2012 NBA standings: Heat on cruise control, New York shockingly good

The Miami Heat are off to a fine start while the Knicks and Lakers are shocking the basketball world for different reasons.

Kevin C. Cox

Not surprisingly, the Miami Heat are off to a fast start in the 2012-13 NBA season. LeBron James and his mates are 5-1 after two weeks of basketball, pacing the Southeast Division by two full games over the Atlanta Hawks, who sit at 2-2.

Miami is winning its games by an average of 9.5 points, second only to perhaps the biggest surprise in basketball.

The New York Knicks were expected to be a playoff team, they just weren't expected to dominate. With Amar'e Stoudemire out and Carmelo Anthony playing power forward, the Knicks have cruised to 4-0, earning the distinction as the only undefeated team left in the NBA.

New York has won all of its game by double-figures, including Friday's 104-94 grinder over the Dallas Mavericks.

Speaking of surprises, the Los Angeles Lakers are just 2-4 and have already fired their now ex-head coach Mike Brown. L.A. struggled out of the blocks, but beat the Golden State Warriors in their first game under interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff.

For a complete look at the NBA standings, please click here.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.