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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 32-6
The Dubs bounced back nicely from their collapse against the Griz on Sunday with an 11-point victory over the Kings. The Warriors are the only team with a point differential over 10 (11.8). Kevin Durant has swatted away three shots in each of his last three games and has 700 blocks for his career.
2 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 28-8
The Cavs have been in several close games, with all six of their latest wins coming by single digits. LeBron James made 11 of 17 field goal attempts against the Suns on Sunday to become the fourth player with 10,000 career field goal makes. Cleveland is 2-0 on their current six-game road trip that includes a trip to Oracle Arena to face the Warriors on Jan 17.
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 30-7
Rookie Davis Bertans scored a season-high 21 points in the Spurs’ 102-85 home victory over the Hornets, marking their ninth straight at AT&T Center, where they are 13-4 on the season. Kawhi Leonard, who is averaging a career-best 23.9 points a game, has scored in double-figures in 69 straight games, which is the sixth longest active streak.
4 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 30-9
The Rockets currently have the longest winning streak in the league at eight games. James Harden poured in 40 points, doled out 11 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 10th triple-double in 129-122 win on Sunday over the Raptors. Houston is 15-6 away from the Toyota Center this year..
5 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 24-16
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The Griz had an epic 19-point comeback overtime win against the Warriors on Friday, and followed that up with a nice 88-79 victory over the Jazz. Memphis is a league-best 5-1 in overtime games.
6 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 23-14
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The C’s are third in the Eastern Conference after going 10-2 in their last 12. The Celtics set a franchise record with 19 triples against Philadelphia on Friday, and have made 63 three-pointers during their current four-game winning streak. Isaiah Thomas had 38 points in a win over the Pelicans on Saturday for his 21st consecutive game of topping the 20-point mark.
7 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 24-13
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The Raps have lost five of seven. SG DeMar DeRozan, who is averaging a career-high 27.6 points a game, topped the 30-point plateau for a career-best 18th time by pumping in 36 points on Sunday. PF Patrick Patterson returned to the floor against Houston after missing the previous four games, tallying 8 points and grabbing 6 rebounds before fouling out in 22 minutes of action.
8 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 26-14
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The Clips took advantage of some home-cooking this week to post a 4-0 record. Chris Paul dished out 18 dimes on Sunday in the win over the Heat to become the third-fastest player (805 games) to total 15,000 points and 8,000 assists. Before the win streak, the Clippers had lost a season-high six straight.
9 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 22-16
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The Thunder earned their first win in January on Saturday with a 121-106 win over the Nuggets. Russell Westbrook, who leads the league with 31.4 points a game, collected his 17th triple-double of the season. Westbrook has scored 30 points in 10 of his triple-double performances, which is the second most in NBA history -- trailing only Oscar Robertson
10 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 21-16
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Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dennis Schroder combined for 42 points to help the Hawks beat the Mavs, 96-82. The sixth consecutive win tied their season high. Atlanta received Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and a 2019 first-round selection from the Cavs in exchange for Kyle Korver on Saturday.
11 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 20-18
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The Pacers are on a season-high five-game winning streak. Indiana has scored 120 or more points in each of its last three games, and a key has been getting off to quick starts. The Pacers have topped the 30-point mark in the first quarter in each of those three games. Point guard Jeff Teague has been terrific during the current win streak, recording two double-doubles while averaging 15.2 points and 11.4 assists.
12 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 23-15
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The Jazz snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday as Rudy Gobert tipped in a rebound with 27.5 seconds left to give the Jazz a 95-93 victory over the Timberwolves. Gobert had 12 points and 13 rebounds, marking his 26th double-double (career-high) of the season. Utah concluded its five-game road swing with a 2-3 record after falling to the Grizzlies on Sunday. They are now 11-9 away from home.
13 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 20-18
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Saturday night’s loss to the Spurs was the Hornets’ ninth straight setback in San Antonio, dating back to Nov. 15, 2006. Charlotte, 8-11 away from home, is 0-2 on its current five-game road trip. They have lost 4-of-5.
14 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 18-18
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The Wiz evened their week’s record at 2-2 after defeating the Bucks on Sunday (107-101), and have won 12 of their last 19. Washington, currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, has the worst point differential among the top nine teams in the conference (-0.6).
15 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 19-18
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The Bulls are on a three-game winning streak for the first time since November. Jimmy Butler has reached the 40-point plateau three times in the last 12 days, with his latest being a 42-point outburst on Saturday in victory over the Raptors. Rajon Rondo has received a DNP-CD in each of the last four games.
16 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 18-18
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The Bucks have lost two in a row. Both losses came against Eastern Conference teams, dropping their record to 13-13 against teams in their conference. SF Giannis Antetokounmpo is on pace to become the seventh player in NBA history to improve his per-game averages in points, rebounds, blocks and steals in his first four seasons. Milwaukee has the fourth best point differential (+2.1) in the Eastern Conference .
17 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 18-21
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The Pistons have won two straight for the first time since Dec. 2. Their 125-124 double-overtime victory over Portland on Sunday was their first overtime game of the year. Sunday’s game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but a winter storm in Portland delayed it.
18 New York Knicks New York Knicks 17-20
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The Knicks snapped their season-long six-game losing streak this week, but they have still lost seven of eight. New York, which is 25th in defensive scoring and 26th in defensive rating, has given up 100 or more points in 34 of 37 games. The Knicks have dropped seven of their last eight road games and are now 6-13 away from Madison Square Garden.
19 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 15-26
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The Lakers outscored the Magic 19-9 in the third quarter, as Orlando missed their first 10 shots and finished the stanza just 2-of-10 from the floor. Los Angeles scored 127 points and grabbed 62 rebounds (both season highs) in its victory over Miami on Friday. They are now 3-2 in the month of January, which is one more victory than they had all of December.
20 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 16-23
The Blazers have alternated wins and losses in their last six contests. There were 14 lead changes and 11 ties in their double-overtime loss to the Pistons.
21 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 15-22
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The Kings have dropped three straight and five of six to fall out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Rudy Gay has scored 41 points over his first two games back since missing 10 of the previous 11 games with a hip injury. Sacramento is 6-6 in the 12 games without their second leading scorer.
22 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 16-23
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The Magic have lost three straight and five of six. Center Nikola Vucevic has increased his offensive production by 2.6 points from 11.5 to 14.1 since coming off the bench 19 games ago. Orlando, which ranks 29th in free throw percentage at 71.4 percent, made just 20 of 29 free throws (69 percent) in Sunday's loss to the Lakers.
23 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 14-24
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The Pelicans are 1-3 in their stretch of 11 games against Eastern Conference teams, dropping their record to 8-6 against teams in that conference. Anthony Davis compiled his eighth 35-point, 15 rebound performance in Saturday’s loss to the Celtics. Donatas Motiejunas made his debut for the team on Saturday, producing 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 20 minutes of action.
24 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 14-23
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The Nuggets are on a season-high five-game losing streak. Denver has surrendered 120 or more more points during the losing streak and is now last in defensive efficiency ratings. Second-year point guard Emmanuel Mudiay has been held under double figures in each of his last four games, which includes a goose egg against the Thunder on Saturday as he missed all nine of his shots.
25 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 12-26
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The Suns went 2-2 this past week and have four wins in their last nine games. Phoenix, 29th in scoring defense, has held five of their last six opponents under their opponents' season average of 111.9 points. Guard Eric Bledsoe made 12 of 18 shots to finish with 31 points and 8 assists in their loss to the Cavs on Sunday. He is averaging 24.0 points in the month of January.
26 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 11-26
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The Wolves have lost four consecutive games and are 3-7 in their last 10. Minnesota has the best point differential (-1.8) among the eight Western Conference teams with losing records. They are 0-7 against Northwest division teams.
27 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 10-25
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The 76ers matched their win total from last season with their 105-95 victory over the Nets on Sunday and have won three of their last four contests. Rookie Joel Embiid is in the midst of his most productive stretch of the season, tallying at least 20 points in each of his last six appearances. PF Ersan Ilyasova is averaging a career-high 15.1 points a game since being acquired in a trade. He has reached double-figures in 28 of his 31 games with the team.
28 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 11-26
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The Mavs went 1-2 this past week and are coming off a 97-82 setback to the Hawks on Saturday, their 14th loss of 10 or more points. PG J.J Barea returned to the floor on Saturday after missing seven games with a leg injury, scoring 7 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Dallas waived guard Pierre Jackson on Friday.
29 Miami Heat Miami Heat 11-28
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The Heat have lost 11 of 13, with their only wins during that stretch coming at home against the Lakers and on the road versus the Kings. Miami has had two players get ejected in the last two games: Goran Dragic in a loss to the Lakers on Friday and Dion Waiters in a loss to the Clippers on Sunday. The Heat are one of two teams (the Wolves are the other) to have more wins against teams with a . 500 or better record (6) than they do have over teams with a sub. 500 record.
30 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 8-28
The Nets have dropped six straight and are 1-9 in their last 10. Brooklyn now has the worst record and worst point differential (-8.7) in the league. They are 0-6 against Atlantic Division teams and an NBA worst (1-17) on the road.


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