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2013 NBA standings: Knicks 1.5 game back of conference lead

A weekly update of where the New York Knicks rank in the NBA standings.

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The New York Knicks (21-10) are 1.5 games back of the Miami Heat (22-8) for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Currently in the midst of a two-game losing streak (in addition to losing three of their last four games), the Knicks will look to return to form on Thursday night when they host the San Antonio Spurs.

Despite their recent struggles, the Knicks still hold a 4.5 game lead over the Brooklyn Nets (17-15) in the Atlantic Division. Brooklyn has won three of their last four, including their most recent contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.

The team's lone loss over that four-game span came against San Antonio on New Year's Eve.

The Philadelphia 76ers (15-18) are currently in third place in the Atlantic Division. The team lost their most recent contest on Wednesday night to the Phoenix Suns and have lost their of their last four games.

The Boston Celtics (14-17) are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and are in the midst of a four-game losing streak.

The Toronto Raptors (12-20) are in last place but have won their last three games.