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NBA Southeast Division Standings: Winning Streak Launches Atlanta Hawks Back Into Second In Southeast

What a difference a week can make in the NBA.  The Atlanta Hawks halted a losing streak with a convincing win over the Washington Wizards on Thanksgiving and have been thankful for wins ever since.  Atlanta (11-7) went to the Garden without flowers in the NYC and bested the New York Knicks before heading north of the border and demolished the Toronto Raptors.

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Atlanta has moved ahead of the 82-0, 74-6, 72-8 Miami Heat (10-8) into second place in the East after team LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh continued to struggle to start the season. Heat coach Doogie Howser Erik Spoelstra is very much on the hot seat in South Beach after getting the bump of death from Bron Bron during a frustrating non-win against the Dallas Mavericks.

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The Bron Bron show goes back to where it all began on Thursday when the Heat take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on TNT at 8:00 p.m.  Let's just say that they won't exactly be cheering King James' lame talcum powder bit to start this one in a town that's still reeling that the only thing they have going for it left like all those blue collar jobs did in the 80s.

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Oh yeah, the Orlando Magic (13-4) continue to play good ball and have won four straight to remain perched atop the Eastern Conference with the Boston Celtics (13-4).

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Southeast Standings

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W L PCT GB STRK
Orlando134.7640Won 4
Atlanta117.6112.5Won 3
Miami108.5553.5Won 1
Charlotte611.3527Lost 1
Washington511.3127.5Lost 3
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(updated 12.1.2010 at 8:34 AM PST)

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.