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2012 NBA standings: Heat 1st in Southeast, Magic 4th

Miami's NBA title defense is going well so far while Orlando has stumbled out of the gate.

Rob Carr

The Miami Heat are off to a 12-4 start to the season, which has them atop the Southeast Division standings. The defending NBA champs have a 1.5-game lead over Atlanta. The rebuilding Orlando Magic are fourth in the Southeast at 7-11, but they are gaining on third-place Charlotte, who have dropped five games in a row.

The New York Knicks have the best record in the East at 13-4, and they lead the Atlantic Division. The Brooklyn Nets aren't far behind at 11-6, while Philadelphia and Boston are both 10-8. Chicago and Indiana are tied for the lead in the Central.

The Western Conference includes the teams with the top three winning percentages in the league: Oklahoma City, Memphis and San Antonio

Miami, which is coming off a loss to the Washington Wizards, returns to the floor Saturday to face the New Orleans Hornets. The Magic face the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.

The Southeast standings are below, and the complete NBA standings are here.

Southeast Standings

Miami 12 4 .750 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 10 5 .666 1.5 Won 1
Charlotte 7 10 .411 5.5 Lost 5
Orlando 7 11 .388 6 Lost 1
Washington 2 13 .133 9.5 Won 1

(updated 12.6.2012 at 8:14 AM EST)

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