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Jason Jones’ NBA rankings

Klay Thompson, shooting a layup as Brandon Ingram of the Lakers defends, is one of the main reasons Golden State sits atop the rankings.
Klay Thompson, shooting a layup as Brandon Ingram of the Lakers defends, is one of the main reasons Golden State sits atop the rankings. The Associated Press

With records through Friday

1. Warriors (20-3, last week 1)

Golden State’s latest beatdown of the Clippers was a reminder of who runs the West.

2. Spurs (18-5, LW 2)

Started 13-0 on the road before falling at Chicago.

3. Cavaliers (16-5, LW 4)

Cleveland needs J.R. Smith to play better when he returns.

4. Raptors (16-7, LW 5)

The Cavaliers remain Toronto’s biggest obstacle.

5. Rockets (16-7, LW 6)

James Harden is surrounded by 3-point shooters, making it easier for him to get assists.

6. Clippers (16-7, LW 3)

After a hot start, Los Angeles is 5-5 in its last 10 games.

7. Grizzlies (16-8, LW 8)

Despite loss of Mike Conley, Memphis has won five in a row.

8. Thunder (14-9, LW 9)

Russell Westbrook continues to put up astonishing numbers.

9. Jazz (14-10, LW 10)

Gordon Hayward has been in and out of the lineup, but Utah is hanging tough.

10. Hornets (14-9, LW 12)

After stumbling, Charlotte has won three in a row.

11. Knicks (13-10, LW 13)

Kristaps Porzingis has the makings of a superstar.

12. Celtics (13-10, LW 11)

Boston is playing inconsistently, and Isaiah Thomas has a groin injury.

13. Bulls (12-10, LW 7)

Chicago should know Rajon Rondo clashing with a coach is nothing new.

14. Pistons (13-12, LW 14)

Reggie Jackson’s return from injury helps solidify the backcourt.

15. Bucks (11-10, LW 16)

Reserve Michael Beasley is shooting 53.8 percent.

16. Trail Blazers (12-12, LW 15)

Portland will struggle if it continues giving up more than 111 points per game.

17. Hawks (12-12, LW 18)

Two consecutive wins might mean Atlanta is out of its funk.

18. Pacers (11-12, LW 19)

Indiana is struggling to reach .500.

19. Magic (10-14, LW 20)

Jodie Meeks’ return from injury could give Orlando a much-needed veteran presence.

20. Lakers (10-15, LW 17)

Lou Williams is on a scoring spree, but injuries have contributed to a five-game losing streak.

21. Kings (8-14, LW 21)

Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein have been playing more.

22. Wizards (8-13, LW 26)

John Wall’s career-high 52 points still weren’t enough for a win.

23. Nuggets (8-15, LW 22)

Wilson Chandler leads the team with 18.0 points per game.

24. Suns (7-16, LW 24)

Phoenix must improve defensively to start winning consistently.

25. Pelicans (7-16, LW 23)

Injuries lead to changing lineups around Anthony Davis.

26. Heat (7-16, LW 25)

Erik Spoelstra sent a message Friday by benching Hassan Whiteside for lack of effort.

27. Timberwolves (6-17, LW 27)

Barring a miracle, Minnesota appears headed back to the draft lottery.

28. Nets (6-15, LW 28)

Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is practicing again after playing in just five games this season.

29. 76ers (5-18, LW 29)

Philadelphia beat New Orleans for its first road win.

30. Mavericks (5-17, LW 30)

With Dirk Nowitzki sidelined, Dallas needs more big games from Harrison Barnes.