NBA playoff standings: Rockets loss makes No. 7 seed highly likely

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The Houston Rockets are running out of time to catch the Golden State Warriors. The Spurs are clinging to the No. 1 spot in the West.

With a 132-114 loss to the Denver Nuggets Saturday, the Houston Rockets (43-34) seem to be firmly positioned in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings.

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Trailing the sixth-place Golden State Warriors (44-32) by 1.5 games and leading the eighth-place Los Angeles Lakers by 2.5 games with five games to play, it's certainly not out of the question that Houston could rise or fall in the standings, but the Rockets would need the Warriors to have a poor showing down the stretch or they'd need to have one themselves for either scenario to happen.

With a win Saturday, the San Antonio Spurs (57-20), dealing with injuries to stars Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, held on to a half-game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder (56-20) for first place in the West. Whichever team earns that No. 1 seed will likely draw the Lakers in the first round. Here are the complete Western Conference standings:

WESTERN CONFERENCE W L PCT GB HOME ROAD CONF DIV STREAK L10
1 x-San Antonio 57 20 0.740 - 34-5 23-15 32-15 12-4 W1 6-4
2 x-Oklahoma City 56 20 0.737 ½ 33-5 23-15 35-13 8-6 W3 7-3
3 x-Denver 53 24 0.688 4 35-3 18-21 35-13 10-5 W4 8-2
4 x-L.A. Clippers 50 26 0.658 29-9 21-17 29-17 9-5 W1 5-5
5 x-Memphis 51 25 0.671 30-8 21-17 30-17 8-6 L1 6-4
6 Golden St. 44 32 0.579 12½ 26-11 18-21 25-21 9-6 W3 7-3
7 Houston 43 34 0.558 14 27-11 16-23 22-25 6-9 L1 7-3
8 L.A. Lakers 40 36 0.526 16½ 25-12 15-24 23-23 7-7 W3 6-4
Utah 40 37 0.519 17 29-10 11-27 23-24 7-6 W1 6-4
Dallas 37 39 0.487 19½ 22-15 15-24 20-26 5-8 W1 6-4
Portland 33 43 0.434 23½ 22-15 11-28 18-28 6-8 L7 2-8
o-Minnesota 29 47 0.382 27½ 19-20 10-27 15-31 4-10 W1 6-4
o-Sacramento 27 49 0.355 29½ 19-19 8-30 13-33 7-8 L3 4-6
o-New Orleans 26 50 0.342 30½ 16-23 10-27 14-32 5-9 L2 4-6
o-Phoenix 23 53 0.303 33½ 16-23 7-30 15-31 5-11 L8 1-9

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