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2012 NBA standings: Heat top Southeast Division; Magic third

Miami's title defense is off to a strong start, while the rebuilding Magic are trying to work their way back toward .500.

Mike Ehrmann

The Miami Heat are off to a 14-6 start to the 2012-13 NBA season, which has them atop the standings in the Southeast Division, a half game ahead of the Atlanta Hawks. The rebuilding Orlando Magic are in third place, followed by the Charlotte Bobcats and Washington Wizards.

The best record in the Eastern Conference belongs to the New York Knicks, who are 16-5 and lead the Atlantic Division by four games over Brooklyn. The Chicago Bulls lead the Central at 12-9.

The NBA's two best records belong to Oklahoma City and San Antonio in the Western Conference. The Thunder are 18-4 and lead the Northwest, while the Spurs are 18-5 and lead the Southwest. The Los Angeles Clippers are atop the Pacific Division standings with a 16-6 record.

The Heat return to action on Saturday, while the Magic resume play on Friday.

The Southeast standings are below, and you can find complete NBA standings here.

Southeast Standings

Miami 14 6 .700 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 13 6 .684 0.5 Won 1
Orlando 8 13 .380 6.5 Lost 1
Charlotte 7 14 .333 7.5 Lost 9
Washington 3 16 .157 10.5 Lost 1

(updated 12.13.2012 at 9:25 AM EST)

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