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NBA Standings 2012: Hawks Pull To Within Half Game Of Indiana

Thanks to a three-game winning streak the Atlanta Hawks have pulled to within a half game of the Indiana Pacers for third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Atlanta defeated Charlotte for the second time this week Saturday night while the Pacers dropped an 86-72 decision to the Boston Celtics. Atlanta need only to catch the Pacers in the standings as the Hawks hold the tie breaker by virtue of winning the season series two games to one.

Elsewhere around the east Orlando snapped a five game losing streak by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night. Philly has now lost three straight and are two games behind the Celtics and just one game in front of the New York Knicks.

Team W L GB
1. Chicago Bulls 43 13 --
2. Miami Heat 39 15 3.0
3. Indiana Pacers 34 22 9.0
4. Boston Celtics 31 24 11.5
5. Atlanta Hawks 34 23 9.5
6. Orlando Magic 33 23 10.0
7. Philadelphia 76ers 29 26 13.5
8. New York Knicks 28 27 14.5

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