NBA standings 2012: Celtics drop to fourth in Atlantic

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics lost in overtime to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, 95-94. Boston is now 1-4 on the year in division play.

With their loss on Friday night, the Boston Celtics (10-9) fell to fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They trail Philadelphia (11-8), Brooklyn (11-7), and New York (14-4). The Atlantic is currently the strongest division in the Eastern Conference, as Boston sits in seventh place in the conference standings.

In the Central Division, the Chicago Bulls (10-8) hold a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks (9-9) and the Indiana Pacers (10-10). The Miami Heat (12-5) remain atop the Southeast Division despite dropping two games in a row. The Atlanta Hawks (11-5) have won two straight, and now trail Miami by just half a game.

In the West, the Memphis Grizzlies (14-3) hold the NBA's best winning percentage. Technically, though, the San Antonio Spurs (16-4) lead the Southwest Division. The Oklahoma City Thunder (16-4) sit comfortably atop the Northwest, while the Los Angeles Clippers (12-6) lead the Golden State Warriors (12-7) by half a game in the Pacific.

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