With their 115-107 victory against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics remain three games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic Division.
It's still possible for the Celtics to catch the Indiana Pacers for the Eastern Conference's third seed, but for now they rest in the fourth slot due to their hold on the division. The Celtics are actually one game behind the current No. 5 seed Atlanta Hawks and one-half game behind the No. 6 Orlando Magic.
With nine games remaining, the Celtics would need a Boston Red Sox-worthy collapse to fall out of the playoffs. They lead the No. seed Milwaukee Bucks by five games.
The full 2012 Eastern Conference NBA standings follow:
|New York Knicks||57||29-28||.509|
|New Jersey Nets||59||21-38||.356|