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NBA Standings 2012: Mavs back above .500, in third place in Southwest Division

At 7-6, the Dallas Mavericks are currently third in the Southwest Division, sixth in the Western Conference.


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:

Western Standings

Memphis Grizzlies 10 8-2 .800
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
Dallas Mavericks 13 7-6 .538
Denver Nuggets 12 6-6 .500
Utah Jazz 12 6-6 .500
Minnesota Timberwolves 10 5-5 .500
Los Angeles Lakers 12 6-6 .500
Portland Trail Blazers 11 5-6 .455
Phoenix Suns 12 5-7 .417
Houston Rockets 12 5-7 .417
New Orleans Hornets 10 3-7 .300
Sacramento Kings 11 3-8 .273

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.