In the updated 2012 NBA standings, the Miami Heat took over the best record in the league. A Chicago Bulls loss, combined with a Heat win allowed LeBron James' team to take over at the top of the NBA standings. Miami beat the Orlando Magic 90-78 on Sunday (Feb. 19), allowing the team to improve to 25-7 in the 2011-12 NBA season.
The mark by the Heat is just ahead of the Bulls at 25-8, the Oklahoma City Thunder at 24-7 and the San Antonio Spurs at 22-9. Things could change, but Miami is clearly the best team in the NBA at the moment. The team is just blowing away opponents and is winning on the road as often at home. Through the games on Feb. 19, Miami is 13-2 at home, 12-5 on the road and 20-4 against Eastern Conference opponents.
There are some interesting games coming up on the schedule for the Heat though, like the Feb. 23 match-up against Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks and a Mar. 4 game against the Los Angeles Lakers. There are also two games against Oklahoma City in the second half of the schedule, with the first taking place on the road (Mar. 25) and then the second one at home on Apr. 4. Those head-to-head games may actually end up determining which team gets home court advantage should they make it all the way to the 2012 NBA Finals.
Do you think that the Miami Heat can finish with the best record in the NBA? Is an Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami finals too easy of a prediction?