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2012 NBA standings: Heat occupy No. 2 spot in Eastern Conference, Magic at No. 9

With more than a quarter of the NBA season complete, the Miami Heat lead the Southeast Division and trail only the Knicks in the Eastern Conference standings.

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More than a quarter through the NBA's 2012-13 schedule, the Miami Heat are holding strongly to the second position in the Eastern Conference, 1.5 games behind the New York Knicks, but equal to the Knicks in the loss column, having played three less games thus far in the year.

The Orlando Magic are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in if the season were to end today, occupying the No. 9 spot in the conference, one game behind the current No. 8 Boston Celtics.

The Atlanta Hawks are chasing the Heat in the Southeast Division, sitting just 1.5 games back, and four games ahead of the Magic in the five-team division.


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
New York Knicks 25 19-6 .760
Miami Heat 22 16-6 .727
Atlanta Hawks 23 15-8 .652
Chicago Bulls 24 14-10 .583
Milwaukee Bucks 24 13-11 .542
Indiana Pacers 26 14-12 .538
Brooklyn Nets 25 13-12 .520
Boston Celtics 25 13-12 .520
Orlando Magic 25 12-13 .480
Philadelphia 76ers 26 12-14 .462
Toronto Raptors 27 8-19 .296
Charlotte Bobcats 25 7-18 .280
Detroit Pistons 28 7-21 .250
Cleveland Cavaliers 27 5-22 .185
Washington Wizards 23 3-20 .130


Southeast Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Miami 16 6 .727 0 Won 2
Atlanta 15 8 .652 1.5 Lost 1
Orlando 12 13 .480 5.5 Won 4
Charlotte 7 18 .280 10.5 Lost 13
Washington 3 20 .130 13.5 Lost 5

(updated 12.20.2012 at 11:00 PM EST)


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