The Dallas Mavericks defeated the New York Knicks Wednesday night, moving them back above .500 on the season. The win also put them 2.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies in the Southwest Division.
The Mavs currently sit in sole possession of third place in the division, behind the San Antonio Spurs, who are mere percentage points behind the Grizzlies for first. The Spurs started a six-game road trip with a win Wednesday night, beating the Boston Celtics, 112-100. On the other side of the division sits the Houston Rockets, who improved to 5-7 with a Wednesday win over the Chicago Bulls. The New Orleans Hornets, losers of five straight, sit in the Southwest basement at 3-7.
Other division leaders in the Western Conference include the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Northwest Division, Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific. Out east, the Miami Heat lead the Southeast Division while the New York Knicks lead the Atlantic. The Milwaukee Bucks, at 6-4, lead the Central and are the only team in the division above .500. Here's a full look at the Western Conference standings:
|Oklahoma City Thunder||12||9-3||.750|
|San Antonio Spurs||12||9-3||.750|
|Los Angeles Clippers||11||8-3||.727|
|Golden State Warriors||12||7-5||.583|
|Los Angeles Lakers||12||6-6||.500|
|Portland Trail Blazers||11||5-6||.455|
|New Orleans Hornets||10||3-7||.300|