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NBA Standings 2012: Denver Loses Ground On Oklahoma City Thunder

The Denver Nuggets went 1-4 over the last week and are now 3.5 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. A back-to-back-to-back stretch of games to end the week did the Nuggets in for the losing record. The week started with a home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and then continued with an overtime defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Nuggets began the three-game stretch with a road victory over the Clippers, but then the team had to hurry back to Denver to avoid the snow and play the Los Angeles Lakers. That turned into loss. However, there was no time to recover from that since the team needed to head out to Portland. The team was blown out, 117-97.

However, the 15-9 Nuggets didn't lose too much ground on the Thunder. Oklahoma City went 2-2 this past week to moved to 18-5. Losses came against the Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs.

With over a month-worth of games in the books, the division behind the Thunder is going to be tightly contested for the rest of the season. Even the Minnesota Timberwolves are a much improved team, standing at 12-12.

Northwest Standings

Oklahoma City 18 5 .782 0 Lost 1
Denver 15 9 .625 3.5 Lost 2
Portland 14 10 .583 4.5 Won 1
Utah 13 9 .590 4.5 Won 1
Minnesota 12 12 .500 6.5 Won 2

(updated 2.5.2012 at 9:19 AM EST)

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