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NBA standings 2012: Knicks alone atop the Atlantic

The Knicks have built a three game lead over the Nets in the Atlantic Division, powered by a five-game winning streak that coincided with the Nets dropping three straight.

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The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets were tied for first place in the Atlantic Division not so long ago, but three straight losses from the Nets and five straight wins by the Knicks have given New York a three game lead over Brooklyn and the rest of the division.

The Knicks are 14-4, which is the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Nets are in second place at 11-7, but the Philadelphia 76ers are just a half game behind them at 11-8. The Boston Celtics are in fourth place at 10-9, and the Toronto Raptors are well behind the pack in last place at 4-16, 11 games behind New York.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies have the best record in the league at 14-3, but the Oklahoma City Thunder have gone on a run recently and are right behind them at 16-4. The Miami Heat lead the Southeast Division at 12-5, and the Chicago Bulls lead the Central despite being only 10-8.