NBA Standings 2012: Rockets Currently Seventh In Tight Playoff Race

The Houston Rockets may not take any pleasure in the season ending knee injury suffered by Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio but it certainly helps their playoff chances. Houston snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday night with a 112-106 win over the New Jersey Nets without injured point guard Kyle Lowry.

A quick look at the current NBA Standings shows that the Rockets are in seventh place in a crowded Western Conference with a 22-19 record. The Rockets are percentage points ahead of the struggling Dallas Mavericks and a game and a half ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Things are tight throughout the standings with the Rockets still only five games behind second place San Antonio.


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
1. Oklahoma City Thunder 41 32-9 .780
2. San Antonio Spurs 39 26-13 .667
3. Los Angeles Clippers 38 23-15 .605
4. Los Angeles Lakers 40 24-16 .600
5. Memphis Grizzlies 39 23-16 .590
6. Denver Nuggets 41 23-18 .561
7. Houston Rockets 41 22-19 .537
8. Dallas Mavericks 43 23-20 .535
Minnesota Timberwolves 42 21-21 .500
Portland Trail Blazers 41 20-21 .488
Phoenix Suns 40 19-21 .475
Utah Jazz 40 19-21 .475
Golden State Warriors 37 16-21 .432
Sacramento Kings 40 14-26 .350
New Orleans Hornets 41 10-31 .244

For more on the Houston Rockets head on over to The Dream Shake. For more news and analysis from around the NBA check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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