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2012 NBA standings: Pistons out of the Central Division cellar

The Detroit Pistons, who have righted the ship after an 0-8 start, are no longer in last place in the Central Division.

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The Detroit Pistons are no longer in last place in the NBA's Central Division, as they have been supplanted by the now Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pistons, who started the season 0-8, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and have won two in a row over the Suns and Trail Blazers.

A big part of the Pistons' issues is their poor performance on the road. Detroit is only 1-8 on the road, but a respectable 4-3 at home. They'll face a tough test on Friday night when they travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies, who have the best record in the NBA at 11-2.

The Milwaukee Bucks currently sit in first place in the Central, and hold a half game lead over the Chicago Bulls, and a one game lead over the Indiana Pacers. The Pistons are only 3.5 games behind the Bucks for first place, and the Cavaliers are now five games back after going 1-9 over their past 10 games.