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NBA Southeast Division Standings: Miami Heat Take The Top Spot As Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic Struggle

I guess Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra can stick around for a while after all.  A few weeks after the Miami Heat coach was given the bump of death by LeBron James, the youthful looking Heat coach can breathe a short sigh of relief. Miami (19-8) finally has found its groove on South Beach.

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The Heat has won 10 straight -- including a win over the Atlanta Hawks -- en route to leapfrogging both Atlanta and the Orlando Magic to the head of the class in the rugged Southeast Division. Miami has simply not lost in the month of December.

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While the Heat have been scorching the opposition, the Magic (16-9) seem to have lost their spell casting ability over the rest of the league.  They are just 5-5 in their last 10 games and hold a one-half game lead over the Hawks for the second-best record in the division.

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Atlanta (16-10) has played better of late, winning seven of its last 10, but is just 10-10 since starting the season by winning its first six games entering their Thursday night TNT telecast against the Boston Celtics.

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Southeast Standings

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W L PCT GB STRK
Miami198.7030Won 10
Atlanta1610.6152.5Lost 1
Orlando169.6402Lost 1
Charlotte916.3609Lost 1
Washington617.26011Lost 5
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(updated 12.16.2010 at 2:24 AM PST)

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