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2012 NBA Standings, Eastern Conference: Boston Celtics Move Another Stop Closer To Atlantic Division Title

The Boston Celtics took another step toward securing the Atlantic Division title on Wednesday night, defeating the Atlanta Hawks 88-86 in overtime.

With the win, the Celtics remained three games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers with eight games remaining for both teams. Boston is knotted with the Atlanta Hawks for the Eastern Conference's fourth-best record, but would have the No. 4 seed if the season ended today because division winners automatically get a top-four seed. Home court advantage in the first round still relies on record, so the Celtics could theoretically earn the fourth seed but play on the road in round one.

It's possible for the Celtics to catch the Indiana Pacers for the third seed, but they would have to make up a two-game deficit. Indiana has been playing good ball, winning seven of their last 10.

The full 2012 Eastern Conference standings follow:

Eastern Standings

Chicago Bulls 58 44-14 .759
Miami Heat 56 40-16 .714
Indiana Pacers 58 36-22 .621
Boston Celtics 58 34-24 .586
Atlanta Hawks 58 34-24 .586
Orlando Magic 58 34-24 .586
Philadelphia 76ers 58 31-27 .534
New York Knicks 58 30-28 .517
Milwaukee Bucks 58 28-30 .483
Detroit Pistons 57 21-36 .368
New Jersey Nets 59 21-38 .356
Cleveland Cavaliers 56 19-37 .339
Toronto Raptors 59 20-39 .339
Washington Wizards 58 14-44 .241
Charlotte Bobcats 56 7-49 .125

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