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NBA standings 2012: Atlanta and Golden State shocking the experts

With the NBA season at the quarter-pole, it's a good time to take a look where your team is in the standings.

Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

The NBA season is rapidly moving along, and there have been a few surprises thus far to go along with stalwarts like the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat at the top of their respective divisions.

One of the biggest shocks comes in the Atlanta Hawks, who at 14-6 are tied with the aforementioned Heat for the Southeast Division lead. After losing Joe Johnson, many thought Atlanta would be an afterthought in the Eastern Conference, but that has certainly not been the case.

Another stunner has been the Golden State Warriors. Head coach Mark Jackson has the Warriors playing defense for the first time in recent memory, propelling them to a 15-8 record, only a 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the Pacific Division lead.

Other nice starts include the Oklahoma City Thunder, who owns the league's best mark at 19-4. The resurgent New York Knicks sit in the catbird seat in the East with a 17-5 record to their credit.

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