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NBA standings 2012: Heat lose ground to Hawks

Atlanta is back to within two games of the first-place Heat in the Southeast division, which has turned out to be a two-horse race.

Ezra Shaw

The Miami Heat lost a game on the Atlanta Hawks after the defending champions fell to the Detroit Pistons, 109-99, on Friday night in the Motor City.

Atlanta got past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-94, to pull to within two games of the division-leading Heat. Those are the only two teams currently in the mix in the NBA's Southeast division, as the Orlando Magic lost their fourth straight game, a disappointing 105-97 defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards, and have fallen to nine games behind Miami.

Although they lost their 17th straight game on Friday, the Charlotte Bobcats have still been able to remain out of the cellar, sitting two games in front of the 4-23 Wizards.

Here are the full Southeast division standings:

Southeast Standings

Miami 20 7 .740 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 18 9 .666 2 Won 3
Orlando 12 17 .413 9 Lost 4
Charlotte 7 22 .241 14 Lost 17
Washington 4 23 .148 16 Won 1

(updated 12.29.2012 at 7:41 AM MST)

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