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Houston among a crowded group of teams in the middle of the Western Conference standings.
The Houston Rockets (7-8) dipped back below .500 after losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Rockets which helped keep them among the playoff contenders in the Western Conference.
At 12-2, Memphis also leads the Western Conference standings with a half game advantage over the Spurs and Thunder. The Rockets are one of three teams essentially tied for eighth place in the conference. The Minnesota Timberwolves have an identical 7-8 record while the Denver Nuggets enjoy a percentage points lead with a 8-9 record.
In the Eastern Conference, LeBron James and the Miami Heat made their way to the top of the standings thanks to five consecutive wins. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets follow the Heat by just a half game in the East.
Here is a look at the full NBA standings.