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NBA standings 2012: Clippers separating themselves

The Clippers are the hottest team in the NBA right now, and have created some distance from the rest of the division.

Harry How

The Los Angeles Clippers have won 16 in a row, and have pulled out in front of the NBA's Pacific Division by four games over the surprising Golden State Warriors. The Lakers have climbed to .500, but are still nine games behind the Clippers for the division lead.

The Clippers' hot streak has catapulted them to the top of the Western Conference standings with a 24-6 record. They are two games up in the win column over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers are tied with the Blazers and for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, but could start making a move with the return of point guard Steve Nash.

Out East, the Heat are on top of the conference heap. They sit at 20-7, a half-game ahead of the New York Knicks. The Hawks are close behind, two games back of Miami. The Pacers are the fourth division leader, and have won four-straight to get within four games of the leaders.

For complete standings, be sure to check out S.I's NBA Standings page.