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NBA standings 2012: 76ers one game shy of playoff spot

The 76ers have dropped seven of their last nine games, but have not lost much ground in the playoff hunt.

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If the NBA season ended today, the Philadelphia 76ers (14-16) would finish one game behind the Boston Celtics (14-14) for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers have won just two of their last nine games. Philadelphia also trails the Brooklyn Nets (15-14) by 1.5 games and the New York Knicks (21-9) by seven in the Atlantic division.

In the Central, the Indiana Pacers (17-12) hold a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks (15-12) and Chicago Bulls (15-12). And in the Southeast, the Miami Heat (20-7) are two games ahead of the Atlanta Hawks (18-9).

The San Antonio Spurs (23-8) have won four games in a row, and now lead the Memphis Grizzlies (18-8) by 2.5 games in the Southwest. The Oklahoma City Thunder (22-6) have a comfortable lead in the Northwest. In the Pacific, the Los Angeles Clippers (24-6) are the hottest team in the NBA. With their 16-game winning streak, the Clippers now have the best record in the league.