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2012 NBA standings: Warriors chasing Clippers, Kings stay stuck in the basement

The Warriors trail the surging Clippers by 2.5 games in the Pacific Division standings, while the Kings are alone in last place.

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After winning seven of their last nine games, the Golden State Warriors have managed to stay in reach of a red-hot Los Angeles Clippers club that has won 11-consecutive games.

The Warriors (17-9) trail the Clippers by 2.5 games in the Pacific Division standings after losing at shootout with the Sacramento Kings, 131-127, on Wednesday night. Golden State is currently in fifth place in the Western Conference standings, trailing the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies by 1.5 games, the No. 2 Clippers by 2.5 games and the Oklahoma City Thunder by 4.5 games.

The Kings (8-17) snapped a five-game skid with the upset win over Golden State on Wednesday. Sacramento is alone at the bottom of the Pacific Division standings, trailing the Phoenix Suns by 2.5 games. The Kings currently have the second-worst record in the Western Conference, with the New Orleans Hornets (5-20) being the only team with a worse record.

The complete Pacific Division standings are as follows:


Pacific Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Los Angeles Clippers 19 6 .760 0 Won 11
Golden State 17 9 .653 2.5 Lost 1
Los Angeles Lakers 12 14 .461 7.5 Won 3
Phoenix 11 15 .423 8.5 Won 4
Sacramento 8 17 .320 11 Won 1

(updated 12.20.2012 at 7:09 AM PST)