NBA standings 2012: Timberwolves last in Northwest Division

Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost four of their last five games and now find themselves in last place in the Northwest Division.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled through a tough schedule recently, losing two straight and four of their last five, dropping them into last place in the Northwest Division at 13-13. The Timberwolves are 7.5 games behind the division leading Oklahoma City Thunder (21-6), who they beat on Thursday, Dec. 20.

After the Thunder, the rest of the Northwest Division is clumped closely together. The Denver Nuggets (16-14) are in second, 6.5 games behind OKC and only one game ahead of Minnesota. The Portland Trail Blazers (14-13) are third in the division, seven games behind the Thunder and only a half-game ahead of the Timberwolves. The Utah Jazz (15-15) are tied with the Timberwolves at .500.

The red-hot Los Angeles Clippers have the best record in the Western Conference at 22-6, a half-game ahead of the Thunder. The San Antonio Spurs lead the Southwest Division at 22-8 and currently would be the three-seed in the West, behind the Clippers and Thunder.

The Timberwolves are currently a half-game behind Portland for the eight-seed in the West.

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