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NBA standings 2014: Miami Heat take over first place in Eastern Conference

NBA standings 2014 news has the Miami Heat taking over first place in the Eastern Conference. The updated 2014 NBA standings reflect how the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors on Monday night (March 31). LeBron James put together another great night with 32 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds to steer the team to another important win at home. It was another instance where he had to lead the team without Dwyane Wade and again showed that he should be in the final conversation for the NBA MVP Award.

LeBron James has led the Miami Heat back into first place.
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With this win, Miami improves to 51-22 on the season and that coupled with a loss by the now 52-23 Indiana Pacers puts the Heat in first place by mere percentage points. It's an impressive run that the Heat have been on and the team is in position to nab that No. 1 seed in the East. If the playoffs were to begin today, the team would play the Atlanta Hawks in the first round. The New York Knicks are just one game out of that eighth seed, though, so things could still shift down the stretch.

The rest of the 2014 NBA standings in the Eastern Conference could be in flux as well. The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls are tied for the No. 3 seed at 42-32, meaning it could go either way down the stretch. Two games back from them are the 39-33 Brooklyn Nets and then the Washington Wizards are two more games back. The Charlotte Bobcats currently hold the seventh seed and then comes Atlanta and New York toward the bottom of the playoff race.

The most interesting game left on the regular season schedule might be between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers on April 11. The result of that one might just dictate how the final Eastern Conference playoff picture looks.

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