NBA 2012 standings: Clippers second in West after 12 straight wins

Stephen Dunn

The Los Angeles Clippers are second in the Western Conference after rattling off 12 consecutive victories. The Los Angeles Lakers may be coming out of there slow start, winning their last three games to improve to 12-14.

The Los Angeles Clippers currently own the NBA's longest winning streak at 12 games. The streak has pushed the Clippers to second in the Western Conference with a 20-6 record for the season. The Clippers are now just one game behind the conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder.

For the Los Angeles Lakers things are not completely right yet, but the star-studded team has won its last three games to improve to 12-14. The return of Pau Gasol from injury and pending return of Steve Nash should help Los Angeles move toward .500 and improve on its current 11th place standing.

The Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs are just behind the Clippers, followed by the Golden State Warriors in fifth place. Minnesota, Houston and Denver round out the prospective eight playoff spots. Here are the full Western Conference standings:


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Oklahoma City Thunder 26 21-5 .808
Los Angeles Clippers 25 19-6 .760
Memphis Grizzlies 23 17-6 .739
San Antonio Spurs 27 19-8 .704
Golden State Warriors 26 17-9 .654
Minnesota Timberwolves 24 13-11 .542
Houston Rockets 25 13-12 .520
Denver Nuggets 27 14-13 .519
Utah Jazz 27 14-13 .519
Portland Trail Blazers 24 12-12 .500
Dallas Mavericks 26 12-14 .462
Los Angeles Lakers 26 12-14 .462
Phoenix Suns 26 11-15 .423
Sacramento Kings 25 8-17 .320
New Orleans Hornets 25 5-20 .200

In the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat and New York Knicks are leading the way. The Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls are chasing just behind the top two. Here are the full standings in the East:


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
New York Knicks 25 19-6 .760
Miami Heat 23 17-6 .739
Atlanta Hawks 23 15-8 .652
Chicago Bulls 24 14-10 .583
Milwaukee Bucks 24 13-11 .542
Indiana Pacers 26 14-12 .538
Brooklyn Nets 25 13-12 .520
Boston Celtics 25 13-12 .520
Orlando Magic 25 12-13 .480
Philadelphia 76ers 26 12-14 .462
Toronto Raptors 27 8-19 .296
Charlotte Bobcats 25 7-18 .280
Detroit Pistons 28 7-21 .250
Cleveland Cavaliers 27 5-22 .185
Washington Wizards 23 3-20 .130

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