NBA standings 2013: Thunder lead tight race in West, Heat on top in East

Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma City and Miami met in the 2012 NBA Finals and now hold a slight edge in their respective conference standings.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in a virtual tie with the Los Angeles Clippers at the top of the Western Conference standings. But after both teams won games on Friday, the Thunder hold a percentage points lead among the elite teams in the West.

The race at the top in the West includes the San Antonio Spurs, as well. The Spurs dropped a loss in New York on Thursday which pushed them a half game behind the Thunder and Clippers. Barring injury issues, it appears the three teams are setting up a great race for the top spot for the remainder of the year.

Drafting just behind the leaders in the Western Conference standings are the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors are 7-3 in their last ten games allowing them to stay in touch with the lead pack just three games back. Memphis was once part of that top group but now sits four games back and in fifth place in the conference standings.

Sixth place in the West has been the spot for the rest of the playoff contenders on a roll. After Minnesota fell off the pace, the Houston Rockets jumped up to sixth after going 8-2 in their last ten games, 6.5 games behind the leaders. The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets are both eight games behind to hold the final two playoff spots currently.

In the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat absorbed a loss to Chicago on Friday but maintain a half game lead over the New York Knicks. The Atlanta Hawks are just two games behind in third followed by a group bunched up in the middle of the playoff pack including Chicago, Indiana, Brooklyn and Milwaukee.

Here's a look at the full NBA standings.

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