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NBA 2012 standings: Hawks fall to 2.5 games behind Heat

The Hawks have dropped two games in a row, but remain in good position in the Eastern Conference standings.

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With their loss on Friday night, the Atlanta Hawks (15-9) are currently 2.5 games behind the Miami Heat (17-6) in the Southeast division. Despite dropping two games in a row, the Hawks hold the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta is four games ahead of Orlando for second place in the division.

Around the East, the New York Knicks (19-7) hold a comfortable lead atop the Atlantic division. New York lost on Friday night to the Chicago Bulls, but still leads the Brooklyn Nets by 5.5 games in the division. With the win, Chicago maintained a one-game advantage in the Central over the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers. Milwaukee and Indiana both won on Friday night.

In the West, Oklahoma City holds the NBA's best record at 21-5, and a seven-game lead in the Northwest division. The Los Angeles Clippers have a slim lead in the Pacific, while the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies are tied atop the Southwest division.

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