2012 NBA standings: Clippers atop the Pacific Division, Lakers near bottom

Stephen Dunn

If it were the 2002-03 season, you might think you were reading the Pacific Division standings upside down. And you'd probably wonder what happened to the Blazers and Sonics. Especially the Sonics.

Following an impressive 107-100 win over the defending NBA champion Miami heat on Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Clippers might just be pulling away in the Pacific Division standings.

The Clippers, who have a two-game cushion over the Golden State Warriors (4-4), have won four consecutive games and have scored 100-plus points in seven of the team's eight games on the 2012 season. The team boasts the third best record in the Western Conference, and trails the San Antonio Spurs (7-1) and the red hot Memphis Grizzlies (6-1) in the standings.

The Lakers (3-5) are a completely different story. Despite a brief two-game winning streak after the firing of head coach Mike Brown, the team finds itself tied for the second-worst record in the Western Conference and just a game out of last place in the Pacific Division standings. They trail their Staples Center co-tenant by three games in the Pacific.

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