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2013 NBA standings: Timberwolves looking up in Northwest Division

Minnesota is .500 on the season, but the division leaders are putting more space between themselves and the Timberwolves.

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

With one win and one loss over the past week the Minnesota Timberwolves remain at .500 on the season with a 14-14 record, but are in fourth place in the Northwest Division. The Oklahoma City Thunder lead the division at 24-7 and hold an 8.5 game lead on the Timberwolves.

The rest of the division is still closely packed together, chasing Oklahoma City. The Denver Nuggets (18-15) are in second place, seven games behind the Thunder and 1.5 games ahead of Minnesota. The Portland Trail Blazers, at 16-15, are eight games off the lead in the division. Only the Utah Jazz (16-17) are behind the Timberwolves, nine games off the division lead.

The Thunder also hold the best record in the Western Conference right now, ahead of the Southwest Division leading San Antonio Spurs (26-8) and the Pacific Division leading Los Angeles Clippers (25-8).

Having lost to Utah on Wednesday, Minnesota has two more immediate chances to move up in the division. They play in Denver on Thursday and host the Blazers on Saturday.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.