NBA standings 2013: Lakers, Celtics share league's longest active losing streak

Stephen Dunn

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics have both suffered through disappointing starts to the 2012-13 NBA season, and entering action on Thursday night share the longest active losing streak in the league and are both under .500.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are losers. There aren't many points in NBA history were such a thing could be said, but at this moment in the 2012-13 NBA season it's absolutely true.

The Lakers (17-25) and Celtics (20-21) both sport unsightly overall records that dip below .500. The Hall of Fame-caliber talent on each roster is either eroding or emoting at the moment, and the ambitious plans put in place at the beginning of the season are unraveling before our eyes. Paul Pierce looks old too often. Kevin Garnett looks a step slow at times. Steve Nash and Pau Gasol can't quite get things on track. Kobe Bryant can't stop making mistakes on defense, and can't motivate Dwight Howard to elevate his game. It's the perfect storm.

Entering action on Thursday night, the Celtics and Lakers are tied for the longest active losing streak in the NBA. Both teams have dropped four straight games, but the Lakers have a better excuse for their failings. L.A. has fallen to the Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies in a tough stretch of games played mostly on the road. Meanwhile, the Celtics have squandered winnable contests against the New Orleans Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers.

It's getting ugly for both teams. The Celtics have fallen to the No. 8 spot in the East, while the Lakers are down to No. 12 among 15 teams in the Western Conference.

Here is a look at the current standings:

Eastern Standings

Miami Heat 38 26-12 .684
New York Knicks 38 25-13 .658
Indiana Pacers 41 25-16 .610
Chicago Bulls 38 23-15 .605
Brooklyn Nets 40 24-16 .600
Atlanta Hawks 39 22-17 .564
Milwaukee Bucks 38 20-18 .526
Boston Celtics 39 20-19 .513
Philadelphia 76ers 40 17-23 .425
Orlando Magic 39 14-25 .359
Detroit Pistons 39 14-25 .359
Toronto Raptors 40 14-26 .350
Charlotte Bobcats 39 10-29 .256
Cleveland Cavaliers 41 10-31 .244
Washington Wizards 37 8-29 .216

Western Standings

Oklahoma City Thunder 40 32-8 .800
Los Angeles Clippers 40 31-9 .775
San Antonio Spurs 42 31-11 .738
Memphis Grizzlies 38 25-13 .658
Golden State Warriors 38 23-15 .605
Denver Nuggets 42 24-18 .571
Utah Jazz 40 21-19 .525
Portland Trail Blazers 39 20-19 .513
Houston Rockets 41 21-20 .512
Minnesota Timberwolves 36 16-20 .444
Los Angeles Lakers 39 17-22 .436
Dallas Mavericks 41 17-24 .415
Sacramento Kings 40 15-25 .375
New Orleans Hornets 39 13-26 .333
Phoenix Suns 41 13-28 .317

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