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2012 NBA standings: Hawks move to within half a game of the Heat

Atlanta has a worse record than only two other teams in the Eastern conference.

Kevin C. Cox

With the Miami Heat losing to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, the Atlanta Hawks have moved to within a half game of the defending NBA champions in the Southeast division due to their win over the Orlando Magic.

The Heat fell to the Warriors, 97-95, on Wednesday, while the Hawks topped the Magic, 86-80, extending their win streak to eight straight games over Orlando. Wednesday's slate of games leaves Miami with a record of 14-6 and Atlanta with a record of 13-6. The Hawks sit six games in front of Orlando, seven games in front of the Charlotte Bobcats and 10 games in front of the three-win Washington Wizards in the Southeast division

As for the rest of the Eastern conference, the Hawks only boast a worse winning percentage than the Heat and the New York Knicks, who have won their last two games en route to a mark of 16-5.

The complete NBA standings can be found here. The Southeast division standings can be found below.

Southeast Standings

Miami 14 6 .700 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 13 6 .684 0.5 Won 1
Orlando 8 13 .380 6.5 Lost 1
Charlotte 7 14 .333 7.5 Lost 9
Washington 3 16 .157 10.5 Lost 1

(updated 12.13.2012 at 9:25 AM EST)

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