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2012 NBA standings: Thunder moving up, still behind Spurs in Western Conference

The San Antonio Spurs remain atop the Western Conference standings while the New York Knicks lead the way in the East.

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Three consecutive wins by the Oklahoma City Thunder gave them a boost in the Western Conference standings this week. With a 4-2 record the Thunder are still chasing the top teams in the West but are now in sixth place in the conference, just one game behind the top spot.

The San Antonio Spurs remain in first place in the West with a 5-1 record, maintaining a half game lead on the surprising Minnesota Timberwolves (4-1) and Memphis Grizzlies (4-1). Minnesota leads the Thunder in the Northwest Division as they continue continue to win despite playing without injured stars, Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love.

The Los Angeles Lakers earned a win last night in the first game of the post-Mike Brown era but still remain the biggest surprise in the standings as they sit in last place in the West with a 2-4 record. The Denver Nuggets also struggled to start the season, but have one three straight games to even their record at 3-3 and move up to ninth place in the conference.

In the East, the undefeated New York Knicks (4-0) are still rolling after beating the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night for another double-digit win. The Miami Heat (5-1) are close behind with their only loss of the season to the first-place Knicks which is keeping the heavy favorites in the East in second place.

The Knicks strong start has taken some attention away from the Brooklyn Nets who have been inconsistent to start season but still sit in sixth place in the crowded East at 2-2. Among the other surprising teams in the East, the Milwaukee Bucks lead the Central Division with 3-1 record which includes a win over the struggling Boston Celtics. The Celtics are currently in eighth place in the East following a 2-3 start.