2013 NBA standings: Nuggets claim No. 7 spot in Western Conference

USA TODAY Sports

After a huge win over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Nuggets are setting their sights on overtaking the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference standings.

The Denver Nuggets have won seven of their last ten games, punctuated by an 92-78 upset of the Clippers on Jan. 1 which ended Los Angeles' league-best 17-game winning streak. The win improved the Nuggets' stellar home record to 10-1, and avenged a 112-100 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Christmas Day.

With the win, the Nuggets (18-15) jumped into the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings, and currently trail the No. 6 Houston Rockets (18-14) by a half-game. George Karl's squad leads the No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers (16-15) by one game.

In the Northwest Division, the Nuggets are alone in second place, and trail the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-7) by seven games. Portland is a game back and in third place, while the Minnesota Timberwolves sit in the fourth spot, 1.5 games behind the Nuggets.

The Nuggets can extend their lead over the Timberwolves when the two teams square off on Thursday night.

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