The New York Knicks destroyed the Boston Celtics for their eighth-straight win on Sunday and, in the process, reclaimed the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference from the Indiana Pacers. Both the Knicks and Pacers are 11½ games behind the Miami Heat, but New York is percentage points ahead of Indiana in the standings. The Celtics remain in the No. 7 spot.
Not much else changed in the East, other than the Chicago Bulls moving back into the No. 5 slot thanks to their hard-fought win over the Detroit Pistons. The Bulls and Hawks are 1½ games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the No. 4 seed, but it is Chicago who is percentage points ahead of Atlanta.
Over in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a bit of an opening by falling to the short-handed Heat. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers all sat out Sunday, but Chris Bosh's late three-pointer downed the Spurs, who were without Manu Ginobili. San Antonio is now 1½ games ahead of Oklahoma City at the top of the West, with a tough match-up against the Memphis Grizzlies staring them in the face on Monday.
Here are the full standings for each conference:
|New York Knicks||72||46-26||.639|
|San Antonio Spurs||73||55-18||.753|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||74||54-20||.730|
|Los Angeles Clippers||74||49-25||.662|
|Golden State Warriors||74||42-32||.568|
|Los Angeles Lakers||74||38-36||.514|
|Portland Trail Blazers||73||33-40||.452|
|New Orleans Hornets||74||26-48||.351|
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