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NBA standings 2012: Cavaliers can't capitalize on Bulls loss, remain in third place in Central

Cavaliers drop their second straight game - and fourth of their last five - remaining in third place in the Central division.


Despite a loss from the Chicago Bulls Thursday (97-91 to Oklahoma City), the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-4) were unable to grab second place in the Central Friday, as they were defeated 107-105 by Phoenix.

Cleveland has lost four of its last five games.

Milwaukee remains at the top of the Central at 3-1 after defeating winless Washington 101-91 Friday.

Indiana dropped a 96-94 decision at Northwest division-leading Minnesota Friday to fall to 2-4 on the season. Detroit remains one of two teams in the NBA without a win, losing 105-94 to the Thunder Friday.

The Knicks lead the Atlantic division at 4-0, the NBA's only undefeated team. Philadelphia (3-2) is in second, with Brooklyn (2-2) and Boston (2-3) following. Toronto (1-4) trails Boston by one game.

The defending-champion Miami Heat (5-1) have jumped out to a two-game lead in the Southeast division, leading Atlanta (2-2). Orlando (2-3) trails the Hawks by a half game, with Charlotte (1-3) and Washington (0-4) bringing up the rear.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.