The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-4) are the NBA's hottest team, winners of 12 consecutive games, and have managed to hold off a surging Los Angeles Clippers squad in the Western Conference standings in the process.
Kevin Durant and company hold a two-game lead over the Clippers (19-6) in the Western Conference standings, despite the Clippers rattling off 11 wins in a row since Nov. 26. After starting the season hot, the Memphis Grizzlies (17-6) and San Antonio Spurs (19-8) have cooled off a bit lately and are tied for third place in the conference, with each of them posting a 6-4 mark over their last 10 games.
The Thunder have a comfortable 7.5-game lead over the Denver Nuggets (14-12) in the Northwest Division, while the Clippers have a 2.5-game cushion over the Golden State Warriors (17-9) in the Pacific. The Grizzlies and Spurs are knotted at the top of the Southwest Division.
The complete Western Conference standings are as follows:
|Oklahoma City Thunder||25||21-4||.840|
|Los Angeles Clippers||25||19-6||.760|
|San Antonio Spurs||27||19-8||.704|
|Golden State Warriors||26||17-9||.654|
|Portland Trail Blazers||23||11-12||.478|
|Los Angeles Lakers||26||12-14||.462|
|New Orleans Hornets||25||5-20||.200|
In the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks (19-6) have a 1.5-game lead over the defending champion Miami Heat (16-6). The Atlanta Hawks (15-8) are lurking in third place in the conference, three games back of the Knicks, while the Chicago Bulls (14-10) have a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks (13-11) for fourth place.
The Knicks have a healthy six-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets (13-12) in the Atlantic Division, while the Bulls lead the Bucks by a game in the Central. Miami has extended its lead over Atlanta in the Southeast Division to 1.5 games with two wins in a row.
The complete Eastern Conference standings appear below.
|New York Knicks||25||19-6||.760|