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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 17-3
The Warriors bounced back nicely from their Thursday overtime loss to Houston with a 138-109 victory over Phoenix. Golden State topped the 100-point plateau for the 19th time in the first 20 games, and have finished with at least 30 assists on 14 occasions. Steph Curry moved ahead of Kevin Durant in the battle for the most 30-point games on the team with his seventh against the Suns.
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 16-4
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The Spurs have won 11-of-12 games. They remain the only undefeated team on the road (11-0), although the Spurs already have three more losses at home than they did all of last year. San Antonio is making a league-high 40 percent of their three-point attempts.
3 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 16-6
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The Clippers had a big win over the Cavaliers this past week and improved to a league-best 10-5 against teams with a record of .500 or better. Half of the Clips’ losses have come at home. Los Angeles has the second highest point differential in the league, going 11-2 in games decided by 10 points or more.
4 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 13-5
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The Cavs have lost three straight. Cleveland needs to do a better job of protecting the paint on defense. They are ranked 20th in the league, surrendering 44.1 points a game. They gave up 78 points in the paint to the Bulls on Friday. J.R. Smith has struggled the last seven games, shooting 26 percent from the field while averaging a little over five points.
5 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 12-7
The Rockets have won four of five, which includes a huge overtime win over the Warriors on Thursday. Houston finished 4-1 on their recent road swing and are now 8-5 on the road this season. The Rockets have made 10 three-pointers in 19 consecutive games, which is the longest streak of its kind in NBA history.
6 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 14-6
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The Raptors own the longest current winning streak at six. Toronto has one of the top offenses in the league, ranking third in scoring and second in field goal percentage and tying for second in three-point percentage. The Raps are the only team not to lose a game decided by 10 or more points (9-0).
7 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 13-8
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The Thunder have won five in a row, all against teams with a sub-.500 record. Russell Westbrook racked up his fifth straight triple-double in a victory over New Orleans on Sunday. Center Steven Adams left Sunday’s game with a sprained left ankle.
8 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 11-8
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The Bulls are 4-4 in their last eight games. Jimmy Butler has scored 20 or more points in 17 of 19 games while Robin Lopez has reached double-figures in a career-high 11 consecutive games. With Doug McDermott and Michael Carter-Williams out with injuries, the Bulls haven’t received much production from their bench.
9 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 11-8
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The Grizzlies won their fourth game decided by three or fewer points with a 103-100 victory over the Lakers on Saturday. Troy Daniels scored a career-high 31 points in the game, making 12-of-23 shots, and has scored 19 or more points in three straight games. PG Mike Conley (out six weeks), SG Vince Carter, SF Chandler Parsons and SF James Ennis are all banged up and have missed the past few games.
10 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 12-8
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The Celtics went 3-1 the past week. The C’s improved to 7-4 on the road with their victory in Philadelphia on Saturday. Isaiah Thomas topped the 30-point mark for a fifth time this season by dumping in a season-high tying 37 points on Saturday.
11 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 11-9
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The Hornets are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Charlotte fell to 0-3 in overtime games with a loss to Minnesota on Saturday. The Hornets have given up 16.5 points in the first quarter in the last two games, which is nearly 11 points fewer than their season average of 27.1.
12 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 10-10
The Pacers won for the second time in eight road games with a 111-102 victory over the Clippers on Sunday. It was their second win over the Clips this season. Indiana has played in a league-high four overtime games, though they have yet to have a game decided by three points or fewer. The Pacers are 3-4 in games without leading scorer Paul George.
13 New York Knicks New York Knicks 11-9
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The Knicks are on their second three-game winning streak of the season. New York is two games over .500 for just the second time since winning the Atlantic Division in 2012-13. New York is the only Eastern Conference team with a winning record that has a negative point differential (-2.1).
14 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 12-9
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The Jazz went 3-1 this past week. Gordon Hayward has scored 30 points in three consecutive games. He's averaging 28.6 points while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from beyond the arc in the last five games. Rudy Gobert is one of three players in the league to average 10.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks this season -- Anthony Davis and Hassan Whiteside are the others.
15 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 10-8
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The Bucks have won four straight, including a 17-point home victory over the Cavs. Power forward John Henson has reached double-figures in three of the last four games, which includes two, 20-point performances. Milwaukee is 10-0 when leading at halftime, and 8-0 when leading after three quarters.
16 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 11-10
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The Blazers went 3-1 on their just-concluded four-game home stand, winning both of their games this past week. Portland held Miami to 92 points on Saturday, marking just the third time they have held an opponent under the century mark. The Trail Blazers start a five-game road trip in Chicago on Monday.
17 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 11-11
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The Pistons had their three-game winning streak snapped by Orlando on Sunday. Point guard Reggie Jackson made his season debut against the Magic, registering 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Detroit is second in the league in scoring defense, allowing 96.9 points a game.
18 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 10-12
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The Lakers have lost two straight and went 1-2 for the week. Lou Williams, who tallied a season-high 40 points against Memphis on Saturday, has made a free throw in 30 consecutive games. The Lakers are 3-6 without D’Angelo Russell. Nick Young, Jose Calderon and Larry Nance are also banged up.
19 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 10-11
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The Hawks have lost six consecutive games and nine of 10. Dwight Howard picked up his 627th career double-double against the Raptors on Saturday. Paul Millsap has missed the last three games with a hip injury.
20 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 9-12
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The Magic went 3-1 this past week. Center Nikola Vucevic compiled 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and doled out five assists against the 76ers on Friday off the bench to become the third reserve to produce such numbers this year. Orlando has gone 3-1 on their current five-game road trip and 5-6 away from home this season.
21 Miami Heat Miami Heat 7-13
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The Heat went 2-1 on their recent three-game road swing to improve to 5-6 away from home. Hassan Whiteside had 28 points and 16 rebounds in the loss to Portland on Saturday, giving him his fourth double-double in the past five games. Miami had just 10 healthy players on Sunday as Luke Babbitt (hip flexor), Justise Winslow (wrist), Dion Waiters (groin) and Josh Richardson (ankle) are all injured.
22 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 7-13
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The Kings are on a three-game losing streak, and are 3-7 in their last 10. Sacramento concludes its six-game road trip in Dallas on Wednesday, having played only five games as the Nov. 30 game in Philadelphia was cancelled due to condensation on the floor.
23 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 6-12
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The Wiz have lost two straight, going 1-2 for the week. Washington has had trouble closing out games; they are 2-3 in games decided by three points or less. Kelly Oubre, in his second season, has seen inconsistent minutes, though he has produced when he gets at least 20 minutes of playing time.
24 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 6-14
The Wolves earned their second victory in the last nine games with a win a overtime victory over Charlotte (125-120) on Saturday. The five-point victory over the Hornets was the Timberwolves’ first non-double-digit win of the season. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins combined for 56 points on 22-of-42 shooting and 10 blocks on Saturday. Towns has blocked at least one shot in 27 consecutive games.
25 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 7-14
The Pelicans have lost four of five. Anthony Davis had 37 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to the Thunder on Sunday to mark his sixth 30-point, 15-carom game of the season. New Orleans is 5-4 since point guard Jrue Holiday returned to the team.
26 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 7-13
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The Nuggets have lost five of six. Denver is 0-8 in games when trailing after the third quarter. Denver has five games left on their six-game road trip. They are 1-4 on the road since Nov. 6.
27 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 6-14
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The Suns fell to 0-3 against the Warriors this season on Saturday. Phoenix is 3-9 on the road, losing seven of eight to Western Conference foes. The Suns rank 29th in the league with 18.6 assists a game, but they are last in assist ratio (13.1) -- 52.8 percent of their made field goals are unassisted.
28 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 4-16
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The Sixers have lost three in a row. The 76ers have the league’s worst point differential (-9.9) and have not won a road game (0-6). Philadelphia is 3-10 with Joel Embiid in the lineup.
29 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 5-14
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The Nets ended their seven-game losing streak on Tuesday with a double-overtime victory over the Clippers, but have since dropped back-to-back games to the Bucks. Anthony Bennett started in the place of an ill Trevor Booker against the Bucks on Sunday and grabbed a career-high 14 boards. Brook Lopez, the team’s leading scorer, has moved into a tie with Derrick Coleman for second place on the franchise’s rebound list with 3,690.
30 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 4-15
The Mavericks won for the second time in four games with their home victory over the Bulls on Saturday. Dirk Nowitzki has played in just five games this season and is out indefinitely. Dallas, 3-5 at home, has three games left in its current four-game home stand.

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