The end of December is a little early to predict the winner of any division race in the NBA, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are making it tough to argue for anyone else to finish atop the Northwest Division standings this spring.
Despite their first two-game losing streak of the season, the Thunder, at 22-6, maintain a 6 1/2 game lead over the Denver Nuggets in the Northwest. The Nuggets are followed closely by the Portland Trailblazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz.
The Thunder trail the Los Angeles Clippers, winners of 16 straight, by one game for first place in the Western Conference and lead the San Antonio Spurs by just a half-game for second place in the conference. The Thunder's record took a slight hit over the last ten days when the Timberwolves snapped their 12-game win streak. Oklahoma City then lost to the Miami Heat Christmas Day and had to stage a furious comeback to beat the Mavericks in overtime Thursday night.
In the Eastern Conference, the Heat hold a two-game lead over the Atlanta Hawks in the Southeast Division, the New York Knicks lead the Brooklyn Nets by 5 1/2 games in the Atlantic Division and the Indiana Pacers, winners of four straight, now hold a one-game lead over the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks in the Central Division.
Here's a look at the complete Western Conference standings.
|Los Angeles Clippers||30||24-6||.800|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||28||22-6||.786|
|San Antonio Spurs||31||23-8||.742|
|Golden State Warriors||30||20-10||.667|
|Portland Trail Blazers||28||14-14||.500|
|Los Angeles Lakers||30||15-15||.500|
|New Orleans Hornets||29||6-23||.207|