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Winners and Losers from the 1st Half of the 2012-13 NBA Season

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Winners and Losers from the 1st Half of the 2012-13 NBA Season
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It seems like only yesterday that the Miami Heat were ready to dominate the NBA with small ball, the Los Angeles Lakers were legitimate title contenders and James Harden was going to haunt the Oklahoma City Thunder while they watched someone else win the Western Conference.

What a difference three months make.

To be sure, the Heat are still the team to beat in the East and one team from L.A. (the Clippers) is in the hunt out West. But the Thunder are back in business, as are the San Antonio Spurs. New contenders continue to rise from the depths of both conferences with each passing day.

Before the next few months fly away, let's have a look back at the biggest winners and losers from the first half of the campaign.

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