NBA Standings 2012: Phoenix Suns Capitalize And Move Up With Win Over Jazz

As the 2012 NBA season winds down, the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff spots are really crowded and close. Only three games separate the fifth seed (currently the Memphis Grizzlies) and the 10th place team (currently the Utah Jazz).

The Phoenix Suns did themselves a huge favor with a road win in Utah Wednesday night. By winning, they leapfrogged Utah, taking over the ninth spot and gained on the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets.

Phoenix, now 28-26, trails the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final playoff spot, by one game. They will play Denver on Friday. The Houston Rockets are also just one game ahead of the Suns.

Here is what the standings look like as of Thursday morning:

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Western W L PCT GB CONF DIV HOME ROAD L 10 STREAK
Oklahoma City1x 40 14 0.741 0.0 29-10 9-2 23-5 17-9 7-3 L 2
San Antonio2 38 14 0.731 1.0 24-11 10-4 21-4 17-10 9-1 W 9
L.A. Lakers3 35 20 0.636 5.5 26-11 8-3 23-5 12-15 7-3 W 4
L.A. Clippers4 32 22 0.593 8.0 21-17 4-6 20-9 12-13 6-4 L 1
Memphis5 30 23 0.566 9.5 19-20 5-6 18-7 12-16 5-5 L 1
Dallas6 31 24 0.564 9.5 21-18 7-4 20-9 11-15 6-4 W 1
Houston7 29 25 0.537 11.0 18-19 5-6 20-8 9-17 5-5 W 1
Denver8 29 25 0.537 11.0 14-23 3-7 15-12 14-13 5-5 L 1
Phoenix 28 26 0.519 12.0 18-18 7-5 16-11 12-15 6-4 W 3
Utah 28 27 0.509 12.5 18-20 7-4 19-8 9-19 5-5 L 1
Portland 26 29 0.473 14.5 18-20 4-8 19-10 7-19 5-5 W 1
Minnesota 25 31 0.446 16.0 19-21 4-6 13-14 12-17 3-7 L 4
Golden State 21 32 0.396 18.5 14-21 7-6 11-16 10-16 3-7 W 1
Sacramento 19 35 0.352 21.0 14-23 2-8 14-13 5-22 4-6 L 1
New Orleanso 14 40 0.259 26.0 8-29 1-8 6-21 8-19 4-6 W 1

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