2012 NBA standings: Wizards still winless, Knicks drop second game

Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Wizards almost won their first game, but fell in overtime by the slightest of margins. Two matchups between division leaders went to overtime, as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat both won in extra sessions over the Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.

The New York Knicks lost their second game of the year despite a strong comeback effort against the Dallas Mavericks, and the Washington Wizards just barely remained the last team without a win in the league as they fell in overtime to the Atlanta Hawks.

Washington has come so close so many times to breaking out of their slump: nine of their ten games have been losses by ten points or less. Wednesday night, they forced overtime against Atlanta and nearly won on a miraculous last-second putback by Martell Webster, but the shot left his hands a second too late, and they fell to 0-10.

New York is no longer the sole team in the league with just a single loss, as Dallas held them off in the fourth quarter. New York had a double-digit lead in the third, but Dallas came back to go up by as much as 12 before the Knicks rallied back behind strong defense and several and-ones by Tyson Chandler. But Vince Carter, Jae Crowder, and O.J. Mayo combined to hit 11 3-pointers in a 114-111 win for the Mavs.

A pair of teams sitting in first place in their division lived up to the hype as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers went to overtime, the fourth game of the evening to require extra time. The Thunder won 117-111 behind 35 from Kevin Durant as well as 20-point outings from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks also both lead their divisions, but the Heat held on in 113-106 OT behind a near triple-double from LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to .500 in Mike D'Antoni's second game as head coach, falling 113-97 to the Sacramento Kings. Kobe Bryant tallied 38 points, but Dwight Howard was more or less invisible and Marcus Thornton had 23 for the Kings off the bench.The honeymoon isn't necessarily over for the Lakers and D'Antoni, but they'll expect better than double-digit losses to Sacramento.

Elsewhere, the Golden State Warriors snapped a four-game winning streak for the Brooklyn Nets and the Charlotte Bobcats won their second straight, winning 98-97 over the Toronto Raptors.

Here's a full look at the standings in both leagues:


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
New York Knicks 10 8-2 .800
Miami Heat 12 9-3 .750
Milwaukee Bucks 10 6-4 .600
Charlotte Bobcats 10 6-4 .600
Brooklyn Nets 10 6-4 .600
Atlanta Hawks 10 6-4 .600
Philadelphia 76ers 12 7-5 .583
Boston Celtics 12 6-6 .500
Indiana Pacers 13 6-7 .462
Chicago Bulls 11 5-6 .455
Orlando Magic 11 4-7 .364
Cleveland Cavaliers 11 3-8 .273
Toronto Raptors 12 3-9 .250
Detroit Pistons 12 2-10 .167
Washington Wizards 10 0-10 .000


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
Memphis Grizzlies 10 8-2 .800
Oklahoma City Thunder 12 9-3 .750
San Antonio Spurs 12 9-3 .750
Los Angeles Clippers 11 8-3 .727
Golden State Warriors 12 7-5 .583
Dallas Mavericks 13 7-6 .538
Denver Nuggets 12 6-6 .500
Utah Jazz 12 6-6 .500
Minnesota Timberwolves 10 5-5 .500
Los Angeles Lakers 12 6-6 .500
Portland Trail Blazers 11 5-6 .455
Phoenix Suns 12 5-7 .417
Houston Rockets 12 5-7 .417
New Orleans Hornets 10 3-7 .300
Sacramento Kings 11 3-8 .273


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