As the 2012-13 NBA season careens toward the halfway point, the San Antonio Spurs (26-8) and Golden State Warriors (22-10) continue to make waves in the Western Conference. The Spurs knocked off the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night to earn their seventh straight victory -- the longest active winning streak in the NBA -- and pull within 0.5 games of the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-7) for the top spot in the West. San Antonio holds a perfect 8-0 record against division opponent, and they are the only remaining team in the NBA to stay perfect against division foes.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors earned an impressive victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday that marked their fourth-consecutive win -- the second-longest active winning streak in the association -- and pulled them within 0.5 games of the Memphis Grizzlies (20-9) for the No. 4 seed out West. Golden State is just 9-8 against conference foes, but an 11-6 road mark more than makes up for that lack of consistent success in the conference. Stephen Curry is shooting 45.6 percent from three-point range this season, improving to 52.9 percent over the last five games, so don't hesitate to flip on a Warriors game next time you're looking for a fun NBA experience.
In the Eastern Conference, LeBron James and the Miami Heat (22-8) have won eight of their last 10 games and they still hold the top spot in the conference standings, while Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks (21-10) have split their last 10 contests and have fallen to the No. 2 slot. It's worth watching the Indiana Pacers right now, as Paul George and company have notched eight wins in 10 tries and they now lead the scrappy Chicago Bulls (17-13) by one game in the Central Division.
|Oklahoma City Thunder||31||24-7||.774|
|San Antonio Spurs||34||26-8||.765|
|Los Angeles Clippers||33||25-8||.758|
|Golden State Warriors||32||22-10||.688|
|Portland Trail Blazers||31||16-15||.516|
|Los Angeles Lakers||31||15-16||.484|
|New Orleans Hornets||32||7-25||.219|
|New York Knicks||31||21-10||.677|