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NBA Standings 2012: Huge Test Vs. Miami Stands In The Way Of Rockets Playoff Hopes

Here's the good news for the Houston Rockets. Two of Miami's big three might not be in the lineup when the ball is tipped on Sunday evening. The bad news, the Miami Heat are still pretty good with LeBron James running the show on his own. Can the Rockets win two in a row and push themselves in the playoffs as a No. 8 seed? We'll see on Sunday night.

Here are the Western Conference standings going into Sunday.

Western Standings

San Antonio Spurs 62 46-16 .742
Oklahoma City Thunder 63 46-17 .730
Los Angeles Lakers 64 40-24 .625
Los Angeles Clippers 63 39-24 .619
Memphis Grizzlies 64 39-25 .609
Denver Nuggets 63 35-28 .556
Dallas Mavericks 65 36-29 .554
Utah Jazz 64 34-30 .531
Phoenix Suns 64 33-31 .516
Houston Rockets 64 33-31 .516
Portland Trail Blazers 64 28-36 .438
Minnesota Timberwolves 64 26-38 .406
Golden State Warriors 63 22-41 .349
Sacramento Kings 63 20-43 .317
New Orleans Hornets 63 20-43 .317

For more on this game Rockets fans should visit The Dream Shake and Heat fans should check out Peninsula Is Mightier. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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