NBA standings 2012: Nuggets continue climbing Western Conference standings

Ronald Martinez

Denver has won three of their last four games to move among the middle tier of playoff teams in the Western Conference.

The Denver Nuggets rolled past the Dallas Mavericks, 106-85, thanks to 39 points, including seven three-pointers, from Danilo Gallinari.

The Nuggets have won three of their last four games to go 7-3 in their last 10, which has them in seventh place in the Western Conference standings, 7.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers.

Denver is just percentage points behind the Houston Rockets as both teams have moved a game-and-a-half ahead of the next group of teams including Portland, Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers, all sitting nine games back.

At the top of the conference, the Clippers have won 16-consecutive games to lead the West by one game over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The San Antonio Spurs trail close behind in third place, just 1.5 games behind the Clips to make the new power trio in the West.

The Memphis Grizzlies are 5-5 in their last ten games, which now has them in fourth place, tied with the Golden State Warriors four games off the pace.

In the Northwest Division race, Denver remains in second place, 6.5 games behind the Thunder with Portland, Minnesota and Utah trying to keep pace.

In the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat maintain a half-game lead over the New York Knicks at the top of the standings. The Atlanta Hawks have quietly moved within two games of the leaders while the Indiana Pacers sit four games behind the leaders after taking over the Central Division lead with four-consecutive wins.

Here is a look at the full NBA standings.

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