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NBA standings 2013: Rockets gain on Grizzlies in Southwest Division

The Houston Rockets continue to chase the Memphis Grizzlies in both the Southwest Division and Western Conference, while the Thunder, Spurs and Clippers continue to battle for the league's best overall record.

Scott Halleran

The Houston Rockets continue their move up the Southwest Division and Western Conference standings. Winners of eight of their last 10, the Rockets are now third in the Southwest Division and sixth in the Western Conference, 2 1/2 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The San Antonio Spurs remain atop the Southwest Division, just a half game back of both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers for first place in the West. The Spurs had won seven straight before losing to the New York Knicks Thursday night. The Thunder continue their stranglehold on the Northwest Division. The shake up in the Northwest comes in the battle for second place, where the Portland Trailblazers have leap frogged the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers continue to lead the Pacific Division by three games over the Golden State Warriors.

In the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat and New York Knicks continue their leads in the Southeast and Atlantic Divisions. Their interesting race is in the Central, where the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers are tied for first place while the Milwaukee Bucks sit just two games back.

Here's a complete look at the Southwest Division standings.

Southwest Standings

San Antonio 26 9 .742 0 Lost 1
Memphis 20 10 .666 3.5 Lost 1
Houston 19 14 .575 6 Won 3
Dallas 13 20 .393 12 Lost 1
New Orleans 7 26 .212 18 Lost 2

(updated 1.5.2013 at 7:18 AM PST)

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