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NBA 2012 standings: Bulls on top of Central Division

The Bulls are one game ahead of the Bucks and Pacers in the Central Division and currently hold the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Bruce Bennett

The Chicago Bulls remain on top of the Eastern Conference's Central Division thanks to their thrilling 110-106 road victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Bulls are now 15-10, one game ahead of both the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers in the Central. Chicago is fourth in the East and 3½ games out of the top spot, which is currently held by the Miami Heat with a record of 17-6.

The Bucks kept pace with the Bulls on Friday night by beating the Boston Celtics 99-94 in overtime at the TD Garden. Milwaukee is 14-11 on the year and currently tied for fifth in the East with Indiana. The Pacers are 15-12, winners of two in a row.

Way back in the division are the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pistons are 8-21 and nine games behind the Bulls, while the slumping Cavaliers are a woeful 5-23, 11½ games back.