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Jason Jones ranks the NBA’s teams

With records through Friday and last week’s ranking:

1. Warriors – 68-8 (last week 1)

First home loss of the season dropped Warriors to 60 games above .500. Things are just fine in Oakland.

2. Spurs – 63-12 (LW 2)

A 38-0 home record doesn’t excite this team that only wants another championship.

3. Cavaliers – 54-22 (LW 3)

Kevin Love is averaging 17.1 points in his last nine games.

4. Thunder – 53-23 (LW 4)

Russell Westbrook’s historic season has been somewhat overshadowed by Stephen Curry.

5. Raptors – 51-24 (LW 5)

Toronto has won 50 games for the first time in franchise history.

6. Clippers – 47-28 (LW 6)

Blake Griffin will return from his injury and suspension with seven games to prep for the playoffs.

7. Hornets – 44-31 (LW 9)

Charlotte remains one of the hottest teams since the All-Star break.

8. Heat – 44-31 (LW 8)

Hassan Whiteside leads the NBA with 3.7 blocks per game – off the bench.

9. Hawks – 45-32 (LW 7)

Atlanta has clinched a playoff berth but will have to fight for favorable seeding.

10. Celtics – 44-32 (LW 10)

Formula to break out of a rut? End Golden State’s 54-game regular-season home winning streak.

11. Trail Blazers – 40-36 (LW 14)

Portland could end up fifth in the Western Conference after being a preseason afterthought.

12. Pistons – 40-36 (LW 13)

Reggie Jackson really enjoyed beating his old team, the Thunder, regardless of the circumstances.

13. Pacers – 39-36 (LW 11)

Having dropped six of 10 games, Indiana is not playing its best and could miss the playoffs.

14. Grizzlies – 41-35 (LW 12)

Memphis is on a five-game losing streak with a patchwork roster because of injuries.

15. Bulls – 38-37 (LW 16)

Taj Gibson (ribs) is the latest Bull sidelined by an injury.

16. Jazz – 38-38 (LW 18)

Utah could play the Warriors in the first round, a team it nearly beat twice in Salt Lake City.

17. Mavericks – 38-38 (LW 19)

Dallas has recovered from a rough stretch by winning three in a row.

18. Wizards – 37-39 (LW 17)

Washington is one of more disappointing teams in the league after last season’s playoff run.

19. Rockets – 37-39 (LW 15)

Michael Beasley is averaging 14.6 points on 52.4 percent shooting in 14 games since joining Houston.

20. Bucks – 32-44 (LW 22)

Injuries have challenged them to follow up last season’s playoff berth.

21. Nuggets – 32-45 (LW 20)

Emmanuel Mudiay leads all rookies with 5.5 assists per game.

22. Magic – 32-44 (LW 24)

Magic has won three of four since a six-game skid.

23. Knicks – 31-46 (LW 21)

Might this season be enough for Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause?

24. Kings – 30-46 (LW 23)

Winning 30 games for the first time in eight seasons is no consolation when goals were much bigger.

25. Pelicans – 28-47 (LW 26)

Add Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday to the list of Pelicans done for the season because of injuries.

26. Timberwolves – 25-51 (LW 25)

If interim coach Sam Mitchell is not retained, there should be plenty of interest to coach the young talent.

27. Nets – 21-55 (LW 27)

Boston owns the Nets’ first-round draft pick, so the Celtics have to be happy with Brooklyn’s record.

28. Suns – 20-56 (LW 28)

Devin Booker’s play has been a positive this season.

29. Lakers – 16-59 (LW 29)

D’Angelo Russell drew ire for recording a controversial video of teammate Nick Young.

30. 76ers – 9-67 (LW 30)

Clinched the worst record in the NBA again; needs one more win to avoid matching worst season in history.

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