NBA playoff picture: Knicks slip by Pacers for East No. 2

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The Knicks win and the Pacers loss help New York climb to No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings.

With the Miami Heat leading the Eastern Conference by 12 games and on a 25-game winning streak, everyone else in the East is playing for second. And with a win Saturday coupled by an Indiana Pacers (43-27) loss, the New York Knicks (42-26) have moved into a second place tie.

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The Pacers have played two more games than the Knicks, but have both one more win and one more loss, so both teams trail Miami by the same number of games. If the playoffs started now, the team in second place would play the struggling Boston Celtics, who have lost four straight. The team that finishes third would play the Chicago Bulls. Here are the complete Eastern Conference standings:

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L PCT GB HOME ROAD CONF DIV STREAK L10
1 xy-Miami 54 14 0.794 - 31-3 23-11 31-9 10-1 W25 10-0
2 x-New York 42 26 0.618 12 24-10 18-16 27-13 8-6 W4 5-5
3 x-Indiana 43 27 0.614 12 28-8 15-19 29-16 12-3 L1 5-5
4 x-Brooklyn 40 29 0.580 14½ 22-14 18-15 29-14 9-4 L1 6-4
5 Atlanta 38 31 0.551 16½ 22-13 16-18 23-17 10-5 L1 5-5
6 Chicago 37 31 0.544 17 19-16 18-15 27-13 8-6 W1 4-6
7 Boston 36 33 0.522 18½ 24-10 12-23 22-18 7-5 L4 4-6
8 Milwaukee 34 34 0.500 20 18-16 16-18 22-21 7-9 L2 4-6
Philadelphia 26 42 0.382 28 20-17 6-25 15-25 7-8 L2 3-7
Toronto 26 44 0.371 29 17-18 9-26 15-26 3-11 L4 3-7
Washington 25 44 0.362 29½ 18-17 7-27 12-29 5-9 L1 6-4
Detroit 24 47 0.338 31½ 15-21 9-26 20-23 6-7 W1 1-9
Cleveland 22 47 0.319 32½ 13-21 9-26 16-24 3-11 L5 2-8
Orlando 18 52 0.257 37 10-26 8-26 8-34 2-9 L6 2-8
Charlotte 16 53 0.232 38½ 10-25 6-28 13-27 5-8 L1 3-7

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