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NBA 2012 standings: 76ers sit at 4th in Atlantic

The Philadelphia 76ers remain in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, but could move up to second on Sunday as they travel to Brooklyn.

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Despite snapping a five-game skid against the Atlanta Hawks last night, the Philadelphia 76ers still find themselves sitting at fourth place in the Atlantic Division. However, there is only a very small gap between Philadelphia and the two teams in front of them, the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. The 76ers should have immediate opportunity to move up starting with a road trip to Brooklyn on Sunday night.

The New York Knicks are the runaway leader in the division at 19-7, 5 1/2 games up on the second-place Nets, who sit at 13-12. That starts a bunching of three teams within one game of each other in Boston (13-13) and Philadelphia (13-14). The Toronto Raptors, at 9-19, are a distant fifth, 11 games behind the Knicks and 4 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for fourth.

The next few days should provide some clarity in the middle of the standings, with Brooklyn hosting Philadelphia on Sunday night followed by a Christmas Day matchup with Boston.