NBA Power Rankings

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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 34-6
The Dubs outscored the Pistons 41-19, marking their ninth 40-point quarter of the year to blow open a close game on Thursday. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have scored at least 20 points in the same game 13 times this year. Draymond Green, who has doled out double-digit assists in five of the last eight games, had 13 of the Warriors’ 39 assists against the Pistons.
2 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 29-10
The Cavs snapped a two-game losing streak on Friday against Sacramento as Kyrie Irving dumped in a team-high 26 points. The Cavaliers are 15-2 this season when Irving scores 25 or more points. The losing streak was the second of the year for the defending champions.
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 31-9
The Spurs have lost two of three following their 108-105 setback to the Suns in Mexico City. Kawhi Leonard tallied a career-high 38 points on Saturday, becoming the first Spur to post three consecutive 30-point outings since Tony Parker in 2012. San Antonio has tied its second-best start to a season after 40 games.
4 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 32-11
The Rockets snapped their first two-game losing streak with a 137-112 win over Brooklyn on Sunday. Houston scored 74 points in the first half, marking the fifth time that the Rockets have topped 70 points in the opening half, which is the most in the NBA. James Harden, who posted his 12th triple-double of the season, needed just 43 games -- the second fastest -- to score 1,000 points and 500 assists when he surpassed that mark on Sunday.
5 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 25-15
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The Celtics are 8-2 in their last 10 with the two losses coming against the Cavs and Raptors. Reserve forward Kelly Olynyk dumped in a season-high 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in win over Atlanta on Friday. Avery Bradley has missed four straight games with a strained Achilles, while Tyler Zeller has been inactive since Jan. 3.
6 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 27-13
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The Raptors have won three in a row, all against Atlantic Division teams, improving their record to 8-0 against intra-division foes. Toronto strung together two 10-0 runs in the fourth quarter against Brooklyn on Friday for just the second time ever in 15 years. The Raps defeated the Knicks 116-101 on Sunday. Patrick Patterson has missed two games in a row and six of eight with a sore left knee.
7 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 28-14
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The Clips have the longest current winning streak at six games. DeAndre Jordan registered the seventh 20-20 game of his career against the Lakers on Saturday when he had 24 points and 21 caroms. Jordan’s monster game was the first 20-20 game by a Clippers player against the Lakers since Elton Brand in 2004.
8 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 25-17
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Russell Westbrook surpassed his triple-double total from last year with his 20th such performance in Sunday's win over Sacramento. Domantas Sabonis has missed 23 of his last 24 three-point attempts, though he is still shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc this season. OKC, which has won three of four, plays six of its next seven on the road where they are 10-11 this season.
9 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 23-17
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The Hawks have won eight of nine. Mike Dunleavy scored 20 points in his second game with the team (Sunday) after being acquired from the Cavs in a trade for Kyle Korver. It was Dunleavy’s first 20-point effort since a playoff game against Chicago on April 30, 2015. Atlanta is 18-4 on the season when leading after three quarters.
10 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 25-18
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The Griz went 1-2 this past week and are 5-5 in their last 10. Marc Gasol knocked down 55 triples for the season and is shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc -- he has 66 three-pointers in his career. Memphis has made 10 or more three-pointers in 20 games this season. The Grizzlies are the only team in the Western Conference with a winning record with a negative point differential.
11 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 26-15
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The Jazz have won three straight, topping the 100-point plateau in each of those games. They are 18-3 when reaching the century mark. Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 19 rebounds against Orlando for his third double-double in the past five games and 28th on the season. Utah is 26-15 at home. Rodney Hood suffered a bone bruise in the win over the Magic.
12 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 21-19
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The Pacers surrendered 140 points to the Nuggets in a loss on Thursday, snapping a season-high five-game winning streak. Indiana, which ranks 12th in scoring with 106.0 points a game, scored at least 120 points in each game during its five-game winning streak. Thaddeus Young needs two steals to reach 1,000 for his career.
13 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 20-19
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The Wiz are 4-3 in January following their victory over the Sixers on Saturday. Marcin Gortat, who is averaging a double-double for the season for the second time in his career, picked up his 23rd double-double on Saturday. Washington has won 11 straight at home (16-6), which is the franchise’s longest home winning streak since winning 15 in a row in 1989.
14 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 21-21
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Doug McDermott poured in a career-high 31 points to help the Bulls defeat the Grizzlies on Sunday. Chicago scored a season-low 14 first-quarter points on Sunday, but followed that up with 38 points in the second quarter -- the most points in a single stanza against Memphis this year.
15 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 20-19
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The Bucks fell to 8-10 in road games with their loss to the Hawks on Sunday, and have lost three of five overall. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon has scored in double-figures in nine straight games and has totaled five or more assists in seven of eight games.
16 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 20-20
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The Hornets have lost four straight and six of seven. Charlotte has lost five in a row on the road and is 8-13 away from home this season.
17 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 19-24
Tobias Harris, who tallied 23 points, knocked down a three-pointer with 30.2 seconds remaining to propel the Pistons over the Lakers on Saturday night and snap a three-game losing streak. Detroit, 5-11 in its last 16 games, suffered its worst loss of the season, a 33-point setback to the Utah Jazz on Friday. Andre Drummond banked in a 62-foot shot against the Lakers for his second triple this season just prior to the halftime buzzer. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has missed the past two games with a strained rotator cuff.
18 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 18-24
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The Blazers are 5-4 in their last nine. C.J. McCollum has scored 25 points in eight straight games, which is the third longest streak in the franchise’s history.
19 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 16-25
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The Pelicans are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Anthony Davis has posted five straight double-doubles, scoring at least 36 points in each of his last three games.
20 New York Knicks New York Knicks 18-23
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The Knicks are 2-10 in their last 12 to fall to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. New York faced its largest deficit of the season when they trailed by 38 in the third quarter against Toronto on Sunday. Lance Thomas suffered a broken orbital bone and possible concussion after getting hit in the face by Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas’ inadvertent elbow on Sunday.
21 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 17-25
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The Magic have lost five of six and are 2-7 in their last nine games. Elfrid Payton had a career-high 28 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 9 assists against Utah. Payton has scored in double-figures in five of his eight January games, averaging 13.7 points and 6.1 assists.
22 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 16-24
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The Kings fell to 1-5 during their current seven-game home stand with a loss to the Thunder on Sunday. DeMarcus Cousins is having the worst month of his season, averaging 23.9 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. Sacramento is 8-11 at home and concludes its home stand on Wednesday against the Pacers.
23 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 15-23
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The Nuggets scored a season-high 140 points and set an NBA record with their 28-point victory over the Pacers in London on Thursday. The win over the Pacers ended a five-game losing streak where the Nuggets surrendered 120 points in each of those contests.
24 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 14-27
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The Timberwolves’ loss to the Mavericks on Sunday kept them from enjoying their first four-game winning streak since December 2012. Gorgui Dieng tallied a season-high 21 points against the Wolves on Sunday, marking the third time all year he has surpassed the 20-point plateau. Minnesota is a league worst 0-7 in games decided by three or fewer points.
25 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 13-27
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The Mavs are on their third two-game winning streak of the season and are 3-3 in January. Dirk Nowitzki has scored 61 points in the last three games and has reached double-figures in each of his last seven contests. Nowitzki moved past Reggie Miller into ninth place on the all-time playing list with 47,621 minutes. The Mavs signed Pierre Jackson to a 10-day contract after waiving him Jan. 6.
26 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 15-30
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The Lakers have lost 20 of their last 25 games. LA has lost two straight at home and is now 8-11 at the Staples Center this season after losing a “road” game against the Clippers this past week.
27 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 13-28
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Devin Booker has been red-hot shooting the ball the past five games, averaging 31 points on 54.9 percent from the field and 60.7 percent from beyond the arc. Booker tied his career high with 39 points as he made 12-of-22 shots from the field and 12-of-12 from the free throw line on Saturday against the Spurs. Phoenix ranks 11th in the NBA in scoring with 106 points a game, which is the most since averaging 110.2 in 2009-10.
28 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 12-26
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The 76ers were on a three-game win streak for the first time in three years before losing to the Wizards on Saturday. Jahlil Okafor, who had received a DNP-CD in five of the past six games, had a season-high 26 points as he made 10 of 16 shots from the floor and grabbed nine boards.
29 Miami Heat Miami Heat 11-30
The Heat are on a four-game losing streak and are 1-9 in their last 10. Justise Winslow will miss the rest of the season after recently undergoing back surgery.
30 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 8-32
The Nets have lost 10 straight. The Nets, who are allowing a league-worst 114.3 points a game, have permitted teams to tally 115 or more points six times during the losing streak.

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