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2013 NBA standings: Pistons still far behind in Central Division

Detroit has won three straight games, but the Pistons are still eight games off the lead in the Central Division.

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The Detroit Pistons have become a formidable team lately, winning three straight and five of their last six, but they still remain far off the lead in the Central Division. The Pistons have only improved to 12-22, eight games behind the Indiana Pacers, who lead the Central with a 19-13 record.

Detroit also trails the Chicago Bulls (17-13), who are one game behind the Pacers, and the Milwaukee Bucks (16-14), who are two games behind Indiana. The Pistons have distanced themselves from the cellar-dwelling Cleveland Cavaliers, who at 7-26 are 12.5 games behind the Pacers and 4.5 games behind Detroit.

One of the teams the Pistons beat in their ongoing winning-streak, the Miami Heat, lead the Eastern Conference with a 22-8 record. The New York Knicks (21-10) lead the Atlantic Division and are a game-and-a-half behind the Heat in the conference.

The Pistons are only 3.5 games behind the Philadelphia 76ers (15-18) who currently sit in the eighth position in the conference.