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NBA standings 2012: Heat remain atop Eastern Conference

A pair of wins so far this week have kept the Miami Heat in first place in the Eastern Conference ahead of the New York Knicks.

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After a big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas and then the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday, the Miami Heat continued to remain atop the standings in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat are currently a half-game ahead of the New York Knicks, who kept pace after a miraculous win against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday.

Chasing the Heat in the Southeast Division are the Atlanta Hawks, who remain three games behind Miami following a win over the Pistons. The Hawks currently rank third in the Eastern Conference.

The middle of the conference standings features many teams bunched together, as just 2.5 games separates fourth place from ninth.

Here are the complete standings for the Eastern Conference as of December 27:

EASTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 Miami 20 6 .769 - ½ 14-2 6-4 4-1 9-3 103.5 97.2 +6.4 Won 6 8-2
2 New York 21 8 .724 - 12-2 9-6 4-1 13-3 102.2 96.7 +5.5 Won 1 7-3
3 Atlanta 17 9 .654 2 ½ 10-5 7-4 8-2 11-4 97.2 94.8 +2.3 Won 2 6-4
4 Indiana 16 12 .571 4 ½ 8-3 8-9 4-2 8-6 91.5 89.9 +1.6 Won 3 7-3
5 Milwaukee 15 12 .556 5 8-6 7-6 5-2 13-6 95.6 96.4 -0.9 Won 1 7-3
6 Chicago 15 12 .556 5 8-7 7-5 4-2 11-4 92.9 92.1 +0.9 Lost 2 6-4
7 Boston 14 13 .519 6 9-5 5-8 3-4 9-10 97.0 97.0 +0.1 Won 1 5-5
8 Brooklyn 14 14 .500 6 ½ 9-7 5-7 6-3 11-8 94.5 94.4 +0.1 Lost 2 3-7
Philadelphia 14 15 .483 7 9-7 5-8 4-4 8-10 93.6 96.0 -2.4 Won 1 3-7
Orlando 12 16 .429 8 ½ 7-8 5-8 2-2 5-10 92.8 94.4 -1.6 Lost 3 5-5
Toronto 9 20 .310 12 7-5 2-15 0-5 5-8 95.6 100.3 -4.8 Lost 1 5-5
Detroit 9 22 .290 13 6-8 3-14 2-2 7-9 94.4 96.6 -2.2 Lost 1 3-7
Charlotte 7 21 .250 13 ½ 5-11 2-10 2-5 5-8 96.1 105.0 -8.9 Lost 16 0-10
Cleveland 7 23 .233 14 ½ 3-9 4-14 1-8 5-15 93.7 99.2 -5.5 Won 2 3-7
Washington 3 23 .115 16 ½ 2-11 1-12 1-7 1-17 88.6 96.9 -8.3 Lost 8 1-9


Here are the standings for the Southeast Division:

SOUTHEAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
Miami 20 6 .769 - 14-2 6-4 4-1 9-3 103.5 97.2 +6.4 Won 6 8-2
Atlanta 17 9 .654 3 10-5 7-4 8-2 11-4 97.2 94.8 +2.3 Won 2 6-4
Orlando 12 16 .429 9 7-8 5-8 2-2 5-10 92.8 94.4 -1.6 Lost 3 5-5
Charlotte 7 21 .250 14 5-11 2-10 2-5 5-8 96.1 105.0 -8.9 Lost 16 0-10
Washington 3 23 .115 17 2-11 1-12 1-7 1-17 88.6 96.9 -8.3 Lost 8 1-9

Finally, here are the standings for the Western Conference:

WESTERN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PF PA DIFF STRK L10
1 LA Clippers 22 6 .786 - 13-3 9-3 5-1 14-3 101.6 91.9 +9.7 Won 14 10-0
2 Oklahoma City 21 6 .778 ½ 14-2 7-4 2-1 11-3 104.8 96.5 +8.3 Lost 2 8-2
3 San Antonio 22 8 .733 1 11-2 11-6 6-0 12-6 104.9 97.0 +7.9 Won 3 6-4
4 Memphis 18 8 .692 3 12-3 6-5 3-2 9-6 95.7 90.8 +4.8 Lost 2 5-5
5 Golden State 19 10 .655 3 ½ 8-4 11-6 2-4 8-8 101.5 99.6 +1.9 Won 1 7-3
6 Houston 16 12 .571 6 11-5 5-7 2-4 5-10 105.3 102.5 +2.8 Won 5 7-3
7 Denver 16 14 .533 7 9-1 7-13 2-3 11-8 102.7 101.2 +1.6 Won 1 6-4
8 Portland 14 13 .519 7 ½ 10-4 4-9 2-1 10-7 97.6 99.4 -1.8 Won 1 7-3
Utah 15 15 .500 8 9-3 6-12 1-2 9-11 98.1 98.8 -0.8 Lost 1 5-5
Minnesota 13 13 .500 8 8-4 5-9 2-2 7-6 95.0 94.1 +1.0 Lost 2 5-5
LA Lakers 14 15 .483 8 ½ 9-6 5-9 4-2 8-11 102.9 100.6 +2.3 Lost 1 5-5
Dallas 12 16 .429 10 8-4 4-12 1-2 5-8 99.0 102.5 -3.5 Lost 3 4-6
Phoenix 11 18 .379 11 ½ 9-7 2-11 1-4 6-8 97.3 100.8 -3.6 Lost 3 4-6
Sacramento 9 19 .321 13 8-7 1-12 3-4 6-13 95.7 101.9 -6.1 Lost 1 3-7
New Orleans 6 22 .214 16 3-11 3-11 0-4 2-15 91.2 97.4 -6.2 Won 1 1-9

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