NBA playoff picture: Pacers fall behind Knicks in race for No. 2

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The Pacers' ugly loss to the Heat on Sunday dropped them behind the Knicks for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Indiana Pacers were handled easily by the Miami Heat on Sunday, and in the process, fell a half-game behind the New York Knicks for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks and Pacers are both currently well behind the Heat for the top spot in the East, with the Knicks sitting 8½ games back. Miami has won 18 games in a row and is peaking heading down the stretch run.

Behind New York and Indiana, the Brooklyn Nets are making a bit of a push. The Nets have won three straight games and sit just two games back of the Pacers in the fourth spot.

There's currently a log jam at the fifth through seventh spots, with the Chicago Bulls holding a half-game lead over both the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks. The Milwaukee Bucks are holding strong in the eighth slot, and are poised to potentially make a run upward in the standings.

Here are the full East standings:


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
Miami Heat 61 47-14 .770
New York Knicks 60 38-22 .633
Indiana Pacers 63 39-24 .619
Brooklyn Nets 63 37-26 .587
Chicago Bulls 63 35-28 .556
Boston Celtics 62 34-28 .548
Atlanta Hawks 62 34-28 .548
Milwaukee Bucks 61 32-29 .525
Toronto Raptors 64 25-39 .391
Philadelphia 76ers 62 23-39 .371
Detroit Pistons 65 23-42 .354
Cleveland Cavaliers 63 21-42 .333
Washington Wizards 61 20-41 .328
Orlando Magic 64 18-46 .281
Charlotte Bobcats 63 13-50 .206

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