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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 18-0
The Dubs are the first team in NBA history to be unbeaten after 18 games. Golden State has outscored its opponents, so far, by a league record 288 points. Draymond Green posted his second straight triple-double Saturday night, becoming the first Warrior to do so since Wilt Chamberlain accomplished the feat in 1964.
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 14-3
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The Spurs have won five straight thanks, in large part, to their top-ranked defense. San Antonio has held 13 of its 17 opponents to under 100 points, including all five during their win streak. Tim Duncan posted 10 points and 18 rebounds in the Spurs victory over Atlanta on Saturday, becoming the first player to record a double-double with at least 18 rebounds at age 39 or older since Dikembe Mutombo in 2007.
3 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 13-4
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The Cavs came away with narrow victories over Charlotte and Brooklyn after holding a players-only meeting following their loss to Toronto on Wednesday. Cleveland is 9-0 at home this season, which is its best home start since going 23-0 in 2008-09.
4 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 11-6
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The Thunder have won four straight and currently sit atop of the Northwest division. Kevin Durant poured in 34 points in OKC’s 103-87 victory over Detroit, marking the fifth time this season he has done so.
5 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 11-5
With their win against the Lakers on Sunday, the Pacers have won a season-high five straight. Indiana is 9-2 against Eastern Conference foes. Paul George leads the team in scoring and rebounding.
6 Miami Heat Miami Heat 10-5
The Heat posted a 2-1 record for the second straight week. Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points in Miami’s 95-78 victory over New York on Friday, giving the Heat seven consecutive victories over the Knicks. The Heat have the No. 2 scoring defense in the NBA after holding their last four opponents to less than 92 points.
7 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 9-5
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The Bulls went 1-1 this week and have lost two of their past three games. A recurring theme for this Bulls teams has been their inconsistent offensive production. Chicago is No. 19 in the league with 99.4 points a game, but is only averaging 98.2 points per 100 possessions, which is six fewer than last year.
8 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 11-7
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The Raptors recent loss snapped a four-game winning streak. Toronto was 12-of-29 from the three-point line Sunday, but lost for just the second time in seven games in which they made at least 10 triples. Toronto has played a season-high 12 road games, posting a 7-5 record.
9 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 10-8
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The Grizzlies have won three-of-four and seven-of-nine. Vince Carter’s 65-foot three-pointer during the Griz’s loss to Atlanta is the longest made by a Memphis player since 2010. The Griz are 10-1 when leading at halftime.
10 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 10-7
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The Mavs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 92-81 victory over Denver on Saturday. Dallas lost out on the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes this offseason, but did get Wesley Matthews, who is leading a defensive resurgence in Dallas. The Mavericks allowed a franchise-low five points to the Nuggets in the third quarter and are currently No. 9 in defensive rating.
11 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 11-8
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The Hawks went 2-2 this week and have alternated wins and losses in each of their past eight games. Atlanta was held to a season-low 88 points in its loss to San Antonio on Saturday. The Hawks have only reached the 100-point plateau once in the eight games they have lost.
12 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 10-7
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Charlotte has taken advantage of playing 10 of their first 17 games at home as the Hornets are 8-2 at “The Hive.” The Hornets tied a franchise record with 15 three-pointers in their 87-82 victory over Milwaukee.
13 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 8-7
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The Jazz have won two straight and four of six. Utah has played 10 of its first 15 games on the road, going 5-5 in those games. Derrick Favors is having an outstanding start to his sixth NBA season.
14 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 9-8
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The Clippers have won two straight following their 107-99 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. This marks the first time they have won back-to-back games since starting the season 4-0. Los Angeles has started four different players at small forward and has used eight different starting lineups this year; no wonder they have yet to find any consistency.
15 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 9-8
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The Magic have won three straight and are 3-0 since replacing guard Victor Oladipo in the starting lineup with forward Channing Frye. Oladipo has thrived coming off the bench, averaging 20.0 points on 44 percent shooting to go along with 6.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.0 steal in 27 minutes per game. Orlando finished November with a 9-6 record, giving them their first winning month since March 2012.
16 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 9-8
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The Celtics went 2-2 this week and are a little bit discombobulated. Boston fell to the Orlando Magic 110-91 on Sunday, dropping their record to 0-7 when giving up 100 or more points. The C’s lead the NBA in opponent turnovers, forcing 19.5 per game.
17 New York Knicks New York Knicks 8-10
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The Knicks have lost four consecutive and really haven’t looked good in any of those games, though Houston needed overtime to top New York 116-111 on Sunday. New York is just 4-8 against Eastern Conference teams and 3-5 at MSG.
18 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 8-9
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The Pistons have lost two straight and four of five. Andre Drummond continues his high-level play, picking up his 15th double-double on Sunday. Drummond paces the league’s second-best rebounding team with 17.1 a game. Rookie Stanley Johnson’ inconsistency epitomizes the Pistons' season to date.
19 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 8-9
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The Wolves had their three-game winning streak snapped with their loss to the Clippers on Sunday. Minnesota has played the last two games with Zach LaVine at point guard, as Ricky Rubio is dealing with soreness in his left ankle. Kevin Garnett needs nine points to hit the 26,000 point plateau.
20 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 8-9
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The Suns snapped a five-game losing streak on Sunday with 107-102 victory over Toronto. The game against the Raptors begins a six-game road trip that covers 5,770 miles for the Suns, who are 6-0 record against teams that are playing their second of back-to-back games. Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight have averaged 20 points and five assists this year so far.
21 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 6-8
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The Wizards are one of the most disappointing teams in the Eastern Conference. Washington has dropped four in a row with three blowouts. The Wizards, who played four games in five nights, have shot less than 36 percent from the floor, including 32.9 percent in their 84-82 loss to Toronto on Saturday.
22 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 7-10
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The Rockets have won their past two games, but those came against Philadelphia (116-114) and New York (116-111 in OT). James Harden has scored 116 in Houston’s past three games.
23 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 7-10
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The Blazers split their two games this week and have won three of four. All three of Portland’s victories during the span have been against Los Angeles teams: two over the Lakers and one over the Clippers.
24 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 6-11
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The Bucks have lost three straight and are just 2-8 in their last 10 games. Coach Jason Kidd missed Milwaukee’s loss to Orlando on Friday due to a suspension for confronting a referee in their loss to Sacramento on Wednesday. Defense and rebounding has been a problem for the Bucks, who have surrendered at least 114 points in five of their last seven contests.
25 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 6-12
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The Kings dropped three of four this week and have lost five of their past seven games. Sacramento struggles mightily without DeMarcus Cousins, who missed the Kings' last three games with a lower back strain. The Kings are now 1-7 without their leading scorer.
26 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 6-11
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The Nuggets lost their sixth consecutive game, falling to the Mavericks 92-81 on Saturday. The loss to Dallas came on the backend of back-to-back games, dropping the Nuggets to 0-4 in those games. Emmanuel Mudiay, the No. 7 pick in this year’s draft, has continued to struggle in the early going.
27 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 4-13
The Pelicans have lost two straight since having their three-game winning streak snapped. New Orleans has been outshot 11 times this season, losing all 11 games. The loss to Utah was on the second of back-to-back games for the Pelicans, who are now 0-4 in those games.
28 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 4-13
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The Nets defeated the Pistons 87-83 on Sunday to snap a two-game losing streak, as Thaddeus Young (19 points, 10 rebounds) posted his fourth double-double in last five games. Joe Johnson shot 4-of-10 for 13 points to extend his consecutive field goal streak to 901 games, while Brook Lopez, who tallied 15 points against the Pistons, has reached double-figures in all 17 games. Brooklyn is 3-3 at home so far this year.
29 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 2-14
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The Lakers have lost six straight. Kobe Bryant announced that he is officially retiring at the end of the season.
30 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 0-18
The 76ers matched the 2009-10 Nets for futility to start the season with their 92-84 loss to the Grizzlies Sunday. Philadelphia has now lost 28 consecutive contests. Ten of the Sixers' losses have been by single-digits, including their last five.


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