Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE
The Atlanta Hawks are looking like a force in the Eastern Conference as the new year starts.
The NBA season is approaching its halfway point, and the Atlanta Hawks are anything but fading.
After a fast start, most pundits figured Atlanta (20-11) would slide back to the middle of the pack, but Larry Drew's team has stayed right on the Miami Heat (22-9), trailing them by just two games for the Southeast Division and Eastern Conference lead.
Oklahoma City (25-7) owns the league's best record by percentage points, as it's tied with the Clippers (26-8). Despite losing to New York on Thursday, San Antonio (26-9) is only a half game back of the duo.
The Golden State Warriors are the biggest surprise of all, holding onto the No. 4 seed in the West with a 22-10 mark.