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Ranking the NBA

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, right, is the NBA leader in triple doubles with eight through Friday.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, right, is the NBA leader in triple doubles with eight through Friday. The Associated Press

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 34-2 (last week 1)

Draymond Green continues to pile up triple doubles as the Warriors roll on.

2. Spurs – 32-6 (LW 2)

San Antonio leads the NBA with a 13.9 point differential.

3. Cavaliers – 25-9 (LW 4)

Kyrie Irving is finding his stride as he recovers from injury.

4. Thunder – 26-11 (LW 3)

Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter give OKC a solid trio of big men.

5. Bulls – 22-12 (LW 8)

Behind Jimmy Butler’s play, Chicago might emerge as the top challenger to Cleveland.

6. Clippers – 23-13 (LW 7)

Los Angeles has won seven in a row to move firmly into the top four in the West.

7. Hawks – 22-15 (LW 5)

Al Horford is averaging 16.8 points and 9.2 rebounds over his last five games.

8. Raptors – 23-15 (LW 6)

DeMar DeRozan is averaging a career-high 23.0 points per game.

9. Heat – 22-14 (LW 9)

Dwyane Wade has scored 27 points in two of his last three games.

10. Mavericks – 21-16 (LW 11)

Zaza Pachulia has won over Dallas fans upset over DeAndre Jordan spurning the Mavs.

11. Pacers – 21-15 (LW 12)

Paul George’s play is back at an All-Star level.

12. Pistons – 20-16 (LW 14)

Coach Stan Van Gundy has turned the Pistons around.

13. Magic – 20-17 (LW 10)

Orlando won 25 games all of last season.

14. Grizzlies – 20-18 (LW 15)

Expect Memphis to be mentioned in trade rumors to upgrade its scoring.

15. Celtics – 19-17 (LW 14)

Boston is just 9-10 at home this season.

16. Rockets – 18-19 (LW 19)

Dwight Howard is averaging 13.9 points, his lowest total since his rookie season (12.0 ppg).

17. Knicks – 18-20 (LW 20)

Knicks won 17 games all of last season.

18. Kings – 15-21 (LW 22)

DeMarcus Cousins has played at an All-Star level lately.

19. Jazz – 15-20 (LW 17)

Rudy Gobert is back from his knee injury.

20. Hornets – 17-18 (LW 16)

After a good start, Charlotte has lost five straight.

21. Wizards – 15-19 (LW 17)

Washington remains underwhelming, especially considering expectations.

22. Trail Blazers – 15-24 (LW 21)

Damian Lillard is back after dealing with a foot injury.

23. Bucks – 15-23 (LW 23)

There’s still time for Milwaukee to make a push back to the postseason if chemistry improves.

24. Timberwolves – 12-25 (LW 24)

Another team that has struggled to win at home (5-15).

25. Nuggets – 13-24 (LW 25)

Will Barton will contend for Most Improved Player.

26. Pelicans – 11-24 (LW 27)

It seems there is an Anthony Davis injury scare weekly.

27. Suns – 13-26 (LW 26)

Phoenix is heading the wrong way with losses in nine of its last 10 games.

28. Nets – 10-26 (LW 28)

Jarrett Jack (knee) is out for the season, so a tough season only gets tougher.

29. Lakers – 8-30 (LW 29)

Some of the Lakers’ young players have improved.

30. 76ers – 4-34 (LW 30)

Philadelphia continues to add veterans, Elton Brand being the latest.

JASON JONES

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