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NBA standings 2012: Bucks stay hot, Cavs stay in last place in Central division

Cleveland fell 8.5 games behind Central-leading Milwaukee and Chicago after a 90-86 loss Friday.

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The Milwaukee Bucks (12-9) defeated Cleveland 90-86 Friday at Quicken Loans Arena, winning their fourth-straight game to keep pace with the Bulls at the top of the Central division.

The loss was Cleveland's seventh in its last eight games. They committed 27 turnovers on the night. They fell to 5-19 on the season.

Kyrie Irving played in his third-straight game, scoring 26 points in the loss.

The Bulls (12-9) won their fourth game in their last five to keep pace with the Bucks at the top of the division. Chicago will host Brooklyn at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.

Indiana won its second-consecutive game, a 95-85 decision over Philadelphia, to move to 12-11 on the season. They are in sole possession of third place in the Central, trailing the Bucks and Bulls by one game.

Detroit (7-18) is seven games out of first place, having lost 107-105 in double-overtime to Brooklyn Friday. It was their fifth loss in their last six games.

The Pistons and Pacers are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday in Detroit.

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