NBA standings 2012: Friday's loss drops Pistons 5.5 games behind Chicago in Central

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Chicago held a one-game lead in the Central division over Milwaukee and Indiana following a 108-104 win over the Pistons Friday.

The Pistons dropped their 16th straight game to the Bulls in Detroit 108-104, putting them 5.5 games behind Central division-leading Chicago.

Detroit (6-15) has lost two straight, while the Bulls have won two in a row to take a one game lead on second-place Indiana.

The Pacers fell 92-89 to Denver Friday, as Andre Miller scored eight points and gave out an assist as part of a 10-0 Nuggets' run over the last two minutes of the game. George Hill missed a 3-point chance at the buzzer for Indiana, who broke a two-game winning streak with the loss.

Indiana (10-10) fell into a tie with Milwaukee (9-9) after the Bucks defeated Charlotte 108-93 Friday. Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points for Mikwaukee, and Marquis Daniels had season highs with 18 points and six rebounds in the win.

Last-place Cleveland was without Dion Waiters for the third straight game, losing to Minnesota 91-73. The Cavaliers (4-16) host Detroit at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

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