NBA standings 2012: Brooklyn stays tied with New York atop Atlantic

Jared Wickerham

The Brooklyn Nets are possibly the league's hottest team, having won nine out of 11 and four straight, including wins over the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics in their last two outings.

The Brooklyn Nets stayed knotted with the New York Knicks atop the Atlantic Division by beating the Boston Celtics easily, while the Washington Wizards finally broke through for their first win on the season.

The two tightest games Wednesday night were in the Southeast Division. The Atlanta Hawks held off the Charlotte Bobcats 94-91 and have now won six straight and now find themselves just a game behind the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards moved to 1-12 with an 84-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Washington nearly kept their ofer on the year, blowing a 15-point lead for what looked like another crushing loss, but they rallied to become the league's 30th and final team to break into the "win" column.

Brooklyn flustered the Boston Celtics Wednesday night, jumping out to a 20-point lead in the first half before Rajon Rondo started a fight with Kris Humphries that got both players (plus Gerald Wallace) ejected. They've now won nine of 11 after a shaky start, with the only losses coming back-to-back at the end of a West Coast road trip. The Knicks dropped the Milwaukee Bucks easily behind a 29-point effort from Carmelo Anthony, although the Bucks are still tops in the Central Division at 7-6. Brooklyn and New York are now 10-4, opening up a bit of a lead between them and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics are back at 8-7 in the early going, although they've earned their reputation as a second-half team.

The Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs each won easily over Eastern Conference opponents to stay more or less knotted atop the Southwest Division. They're each riding win streaks, of three and five games, respectively.

Here's a look at the full standings after Wednesday night's action:

Eastern Standings

Miami Heat 13 10-3 .769
Brooklyn Nets 13 9-4 .692
New York Knicks 13 9-4 .692
Milwaukee Bucks 12 7-5 .583
Atlanta Hawks 12 8-4 .667
Philadelphia 76ers 15 9-6 .600
Boston Celtics 14 8-6 .571
Charlotte Bobcats 13 7-6 .538
Indiana Pacers 15 7-8 .467
Chicago Bulls 13 6-7 .462
Orlando Magic 13 5-8 .385
Detroit Pistons 15 4-11 .267
Cleveland Cavaliers 15 3-12 .200
Toronto Raptors 15 3-12 .200
Washington Wizards 12 0-12 .000

Western Standings

Memphis Grizzlies 12 10-2 .833
San Antonio Spurs 15 12-3 .800
Oklahoma City Thunder 15 11-4 .733
Golden State Warriors 14 8-6 .571
Los Angeles Clippers 14 8-6 .571
Denver Nuggets 15 8-7 .533
Utah Jazz 15 8-7 .533
Houston Rockets 14 7-7 .500
Los Angeles Lakers 15 7-8 .467
Dallas Mavericks 15 7-8 .467
Phoenix Suns 15 7-8 .467
Minnesota Timberwolves 13 6-7 .462
Portland Trail Blazers 14 6-8 .429
New Orleans Hornets 13 4-9 .308
Sacramento Kings 14 4-10 .286

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