NBA Standings 2012: Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat Dueling For East's Top Spot

After leading the Eastern Conference standings for most of the season thus far, the Chicago Bulls are a half-game behind the Miami Heat as the league's All Star Weekend continues. The Heat currently hold a 27-7 record, tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the NBA's best record, while the Bulls are right behind those two with a 27-8 record.

While Chicago hasn't played poorly of late, Miami has been on fire. The Heat have won eight consecutive games going into the break, and 16 of their past 18 games since starting the season 11-5. And those victories haven't really been close, either, with the smallest victory margin during the eight-game win streak is 12 points.

The Bulls have mostly been keeping up with the Heat, though, winning 9 of their past 11 games. Things haven't been easy with reigning MVP Derrick Rose being hobbled frequently, not to mention injuries to other rotation players like Luol Deng, Richard Hamilton and C.J. Watson, but Chicago's been winning regardless.

For updates on All-Star festivities, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to SB Nation's NBA news hub. For more on the Bulls, check out Blog a Bull.

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