NBA 2012 standings: Mavericks at season worst 12-15, 12th in Western Conference

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The Dallas Mavericks have slid down the standings lately due to a recent skid that has seen them lose five of their last six games.

The Dallas Mavericks approached .500 with a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday but followed up that effort with back-to-back losses against the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies to drop to 12-15 on the season, good enough for 12th place in the Western Conference.

Playing without Dirk Nowitzki for this early stretch of the season, the Mavericks have kept their head above water, never straying too far from that .500 mark. But with five losses in their last six games, capped off by a 92-82 loss to the Memphis on Friday night, Dallas fell to a season worst record.

Looking ahead, the Mavericks schedule does not get any easier before Jan. 1. They travel to San Antonio on Sunday to face the Spurs before another road matchup with the Western Conference best Oklahoma City Thunder next Thursday. The Mavericks will then face the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs again the following week to close out 2012.

At 21-5, the Thunder top the conference standings, followed closely by the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs. The Denver Nuggets would hold the 8 seed if the postseason started today, with the Mavericks two games out of the playoff picture.

The complete Western Conference standings are below.

Western Conference

W L Pct GB Conf Div Home Road Streak
ThunderThunder 21 5 .808 0.0 11-3 2-1 14-2 7-3 Lost 1
ClippersClippers 20 6 .769 1.0 12-3 4-1 12-3 8-3 Won 12
GrizzliesGrizzlies 18 6 .750 2.0 9-5 3-1 12-2 6-4 Won 4
SpursSpurs 20 8 .714 2.0 11-6 5-0 9-2 11-6 Won 1
WarriorsWarriors 18 9 .667 3.5 7-7 2-3 8-3 10-6 Won 1
TimberwolvesTimberwolves 13 11 .542 7.0 7-5 2-2 8-3 5-8 Won 1
RocketsRockets 13 12 .520 7.5 3-10 1-4 10-5 3-7 Won 2
NuggetsNuggets 14 13 .519 7.5 10-7 2-3 7-1 7-12 Lost 1
JazzJazz 14 13 .519 7.5 9-10 1-2 9-2 5-11 Lost 1
Trail BlazersTrail Blazers 12 12 .500 8.0 8-6 2-1 8-4 4-8 Won 4
LakersLakers 12 14 .462 9.0 7-10 3-2 8-6 4-8 Won 3
MavericksMavericks 12 15 .444 9.5 5-7 1-1 8-4 4-11 Lost 2
SunsSuns 11 15 .423 10.0 6-6 1-3 9-5 2-10 Won 4
KingsKings 8 18 .308 13.0 5-12 3-4 7-7 1-11 Lost 1
HornetsHornets 5 21 .192 16.0 2-15 0-4 3-10 2-11 Lost 10

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