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NBA standings 2012: Hawks gain ground on Heat

The Hawks pulled to within two games of the Heat on Friday night after grinding out a road win over the Cavaliers.


The Atlanta Hawks gained a game on the first-place Miami Heat in the NBA's Southeast division after a 102-94 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Jeff Teague scored 27 points to lead the Hawks, who are now within two games of the Heat. Miami lost to the Detroit Pistons, 109-99, on Friday night in the Motor City.

The division remains a two-horse race, as the Orlando Magic fell to seven games behind the Hawks and nine behind the Heat after a 105-97 loss to the woeful Washington Wizards, who improved to 4-23 on the season. Despite the victory, the Wizards are still two games behind the Charlotte Bobcats, whose loss to the Brooklyn Nets marked their 17th straight defeat.

Here are the full division standings:

Southeast Standings

Miami 20 7 .740 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 18 9 .666 2 Won 3
Orlando 12 17 .413 9 Lost 4
Charlotte 7 22 .241 14 Lost 17
Washington 4 23 .148 16 Won 1

(updated 12.29.2012 at 7:41 AM MST)

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