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Ranking the NBA teams

The Golden State Warriors remain No. 1 thanks to the always steady play of Draymond Green (23), whose efforts helped minimize the effect of playing without Stephen Curry in the lineup for two games.
The Golden State Warriors remain No. 1 thanks to the always steady play of Draymond Green (23), whose efforts helped minimize the effect of playing without Stephen Curry in the lineup for two games. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 30-2 (last week 1)

Stephen Curry, Festus Ezeli and Leandro Barbosa missed time with injuries, along with Harrison Barnes.

2. Spurs – 28-6 (LW 2)

San Antonio’s offensive efficiency might be underestimated with the focus on Golden State.

3. Thunder – 23-10 (LW 4)

Rookie point guard Cameron Payne stepped up off the bench in a win over Milwaukee.

4. Cavaliers – 21-9 (LW 3)

Still the best in the East but far from their peak as players return from injuries.

5. Hawks – 21-13 (LW 5)

Point guard Jeff Teague has averaged 18.6 points in his last five games.

6. Raptors – 21-13 (LW 6)

Center Jonas Valanciunas grabbed 13 rebounds in his third game back from a hand injury in a win over Charlotte.

7. Clippers – 21-13 (LW 9)

Have won their last five, including four without injured star Blake Griffin.

8. Bulls – 19-12 (LW 7)

Pau Gasol’s scoring and rebounding are down from last season’s All-Star campaign.

9. Heat – 19-13 (LW 8)

Hassan Whiteside continues to put up big rebounding numbers, including 19 Friday night in a win over Dallas.

10. Magic – 19-14 (LW 11)

Victor Oladipo’s shooting percentage has increased slightly in 18 games as a reserve.

11. Mavericks – 19-14 (LW 10)

Zaza Pachulia is averaging 10.6 rebounds, nearly three more than his career best of 7.9.

12. Pacers – 18-14 (LW 12)

Indiana is 2-5 in its last seven games after a three-game winning streak.

13. Celtics – 18-14 (LW 14)

Isaiah Thomas is leading Boston with the best season of his career.

14. Pistons – 18-15 (LW 13)

Brandon Jennings gives Detroit a potent addition to the lineup if he returns to form after his Achilles’ injury.

15. Grizzlies – 18-16 (LW 16)

Zach Randolph is averaging 13.5 points, his lowest figure since he was limited to 28 games in 2011-12.

16. Hornets – 17-15 (LW 15)

Al Jefferson’s return from injury/suspension was brief as knee surgery sidelines him for six weeks.

17. Wizards – 15-16 (LW 18)

Might Washington, which expected to contend for a division title, get healthy enough to rise in the East?

18. Jazz – 14-17 (LW 20)

Alec Burks’ broken leg was the latest setback, but Utah continues to play hard.

19. Rockets – 16-18 (LW 17)

Inconsistency is an issue. Houston lost three straight after beating the Spurs.

20. Knicks – 15-19 (LW 19)

New York players have been in the headlines as crime victims, most recently forward Cleanthony Early.

21. Trail Blazers – 14-21 (LW 27)

Portland has won three of its last four, even with point guard Damian Lillard injured.

22. Kings – 12-20 (LW 22)

Three straight losses, two at home, stunted the good feelings from a 2-2 trip.

23. Bucks – 13-21 (LW 25)

Milwaukee will need more nights like Michael Carter-Williams’ on Thursday as he helped end a three-game skid.

24. Timberwolves – 12-21 (LW 24)

Rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns is shooting 54.0 percent from the field.

25. Nuggets – 12-21 (LW 21)

Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay’s sprained right ankle contributed to Denver dropping three straight games.

26. Suns – 12-23 (LW 23)

Phoenix suffers another blow with point guard Eric Bledsoe’s season-ending knee injury.

27. Pelicans – 10-22 (LW 26)

New Orleans is still waiting to compile a string of wins.

28. Nets – 9-23 (LW 28)

Brooklyn defeated Miami for its third road win of the season.

29. Lakers – 7-27 (LW 29)

The Lakers have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

30. 76ers – 3-32 (LW 30)

All three wins have come against Western Conference teams.

JASON JONES

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