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2012 NBA standings: Warriors and Clippers tie for Pacific Division lead

The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are tied at the top of the Pacific, but at 9-6 they tie for the fifth best record in the conference.

Jeff Gross

The 2012 NBA standings are beginning to take shape, and the Pacific Division of the Western Conference has something of an unfamiliar look to it. The Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors are tied for first, both 9-6, with the Lakers just behind at 8-8.

Things are close in the division, and all three times are struggling to find the consistency that would allow them to pull away. All three teams are 6-4 in their last ten, and Golden State is the only team to win back-to-back games in their last five.

Compared to other division leaders, the Pacific is falling behind. 9-6 is the second-worst division-leading record in the league, with only the Indian Pacers in the Central division behind the Warriors and Clippers.

The complete Western Conference standings:

Western Standings

Memphis Grizzlies 14 12-2 .857
Oklahoma City Thunder 15 13-4 .765
Golden State Warriors 15 9-6 .600
Los Angeles Clippers 15 9-6 .600
San Antonio Spurs 17 13-4 .765
Utah Jazz 17 9-8 .529
Los Angeles Lakers 17 8-8 .500
Denver Nuggets 17 8-9 .471
Minnesota Timberwolves 15 7-8 .467
Houston Rockets 15 7-8 .467
Dallas Mavericks 16 7-9 .438
Phoenix Suns 17 7-10 .412
Portland Trail Blazers 16 6-10 .375
New Orleans Hornets 14 4-10 .286
Sacramento Kings 15 4-11 .267