NBA Power Rankings

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1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 20-4
The Rockets are 10-0 with Chris Paul in the lineup. James Harden, who poured in 48 points in Saturday’s victory over the Blazers on Saturday, became the second player since 1990-91 to score at least 20 points in each of the team’s first 24 games. Houston has won eight straight road games and is 12-1 away from the Toyota Center, marking its best road start since 1996-97.
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 23-5
The Celtics have won five of six. Al Horford, who leads all centers with 5.3 assists a game, is producing 8.0 rebounds and 7.2 dimes over the last five games. Boston, the top defensive team in the league, has held opponents to under 90 points seven times this year.
3 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 21-6
The Warriors posted a franchise-best 6-0 mark on their just-concluded road trip, becoming the first team to do so since the Lakers in 2009. Kevin Durant has taken over in the two games Steph Curry (ankle) has missed, posting double-doubles in each game, tallying 71 points, 21 rebounds, 17 assists and seven blocked shots. Golden State, the league leader with 8.1 blocks a game, swatted away 15 shots in win over Detroit on Saturday.
4 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 19-8
The Cavs, who had their franchise-tying 13-game win streak snapped on Friday, have won 14 of 15. LeBron James, who collected his 58th career triple-double on Saturday, scored or assisted on all of the Cavs’ final 22 points in their win over the 76ers. Cleveland’s bench, which averages the fifth-most points in the league at 40.5 a game, is outscoring its opponents’ reserves by an average of 8.5 points a game.
5 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 19-8
The Spurs have won four in a row and eight of nine. Rudy Gay, who has scored in double-figures a season-high five straight games, posted his first double-double of the season against the Pistons (Dec. 4). San Antonio, second in scoring defense (97.9), has allowed its last three opponents to top the century mark.
6 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 17-7
The Raptors are on a season-high six-game winning streak. DeMar DeRozan, who is averaging 25.4 points a game over the last five games, has scored at least 20 points in five straight contests, which gives him 18 such games this year. Dwane Casey, the franchise’s longest tenured and winningest coach, coached his 500th game as a member of the organization on Sunday.
7 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 16-11
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The Pacers have won four in a row. Victor Oladipo, who has five games of 30 or more points, pumped in a career-high 47 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists in Sunday’s overtime win over the Nuggets. Indiana gets 18.5% of its 108.3 points a game from the midrange area.
8 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 15-10
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The Bucks are on their third three-game winning streak and have won seven of 10 overall. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton have combined to score 227 (68.7%) of the Bucks’ 330 points during the current three-game winning streak. Milwaukee is off to its best start through 25 games since 2005-06, when they were also 15-10.
9 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 16-11
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The Timberwolves have won two straight for the first time since Nov. 16 and 17 and six of 10. Jimmy Butler may finally be feeling comfortable with his teammates, as he is going through his best stretch offensively, averaging 25.2 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 51.2% from the field through the first five games in December. Minnesota’s victory over Dallas on Sunday started a string of five straight home games, where they are 9-4, as well as increased their win total to 13 wins against Western Conference foes.
10 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 14-13
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The Pelicans have won three of five. Jrue Holiday, who is producing a career-best 54.4% true shooting percentage, is averaging 25.2 points a game while shooting 54.3% from the field over the last five games. New Orleans, which gives up the 24th most offensive rebounds to opponents, gave up a season-high 19 O-boards to Philadelphia on Sunday.
11 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 14-12
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The Nuggets have lost three of four. Kenneth Faried has played extremely well over the last eight games, producing four double-doubles while tallying at least six points and five rebounds in seven of those games. Denver, fifth in the Western Conference, has the fewest wins (two) against teams with a non-losing record than of any of the 16 teams currently in the playoffs.
12 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 13-12
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The Trail Blazers are on a season-high four-game losing streak. Damian Lillard, who has topped the 30-point mark in three of five games, set a franchise single-game record with nine three-pointers in Saturday’s game against the Rockets. Portland begins a five-game road trip, where they are 6-4, against Golden State on Monday.
13 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 14-12
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The Pistons have dropped six in a row. Tobias Harris, who has scored in double-figures in all 26 games, has seen a slight decline in production in each month of the season. He is averaging 18.0 points while shooting 46.3% from the field in December. Detroit, averaging 103.2 points a game, has been held under 100 points in seven of its last 13 games, posting a 1-6 record in those games.
14 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 13-13
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The 76ers are on a season-high four-game losing streak. Trevor Booker has scored 28 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in his first two games as a member of the Sixers. Philadelphia is 1-4 in games without Joel Embiid, who sat out the loss to the Pelicans on Sunday with back stiffness.
15 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 14-12
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The Wizards fell to 2-2 on their current five-game road trip with the loss to the Clippers on Saturday and are now 8-7 away from the Capital One Arena. Bradley Beal, who is averaging 23.2 points a game in the eight games that point guard John Wall has missed, has poured in 110 points over the last three contests.
16 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 12-13
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The Thunder have won four of five. Steven Adams, who is on pace for a career year, has scored 20 or more points in three of his last five games. Paul George has missed the last two games with a calf injury, though he is expected to play against Charlotte on Monday.
17 New York Knicks New York Knicks 13-13
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The Knicks have won two of three. Doug McDermott has scored in double-figures in four of his last six games, which includes a season-high 23 points against the Hawks (Sunday), as he has made 27-of-47 (57.4%) shots during this stretch. New York is 7-2 when Kristaps Porzingis reaches the 30-point plateau.
18 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 13-14
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The Jazz have lost three straight. Rudy Gobert, who returned to action after missing 11 games with a knee injury on Monday, scored a season-high 20 points on Saturday. Leading scorer Rodney Hood has missed seven straight with an ankle injury.
19 Miami Heat Miami Heat 12-13
The Heat are just 2-4 in their last six games, with victories over the Hornets and Nets, improving their record to 8-2 against teams with a sub-.500 record. Tyler Johnson, who reached the 20-point plateau in each of his last two games, is producing 16.6 points, 2.6 three-pointers and 2.4 boards over his last five games. Coach Erik Spoelstra (452-295) needs two more victories to tie Pat Riley (454-395) for most victories in franchise history.
20 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 11-17
The Magic are 3-3 in their last six. Nikola Vucevic, who recorded his first triple-double against the Hawks Saturday, is posting career-highs in assists (3.3), blocks (1.2) and triples (1.5). Leading scorer Aaron Gordon is currently out with a concussion.
21 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 10-15
The Lakers have taken the first two games on their current four-game road trip to improve to 4-8 away from the Staples Center. It also gives them their third two-game winning streak of the season. Jordan Clarkson, who has scored the most points (379) while coming off the bench this year, has reached double-figures in four of five games, which includes two, 20-point efforts. Los Angeles leads the NBA with 54.5 paint points per game — which accounts for 51.4% of their point total — and is second in fast break points with 15.6.
22 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 10-15
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The Nets have won four of seven. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has scored in double-figures in three straight games, marking the third time he has done so this year. Brooklyn, which went 1-1 in their two games in Mexico City, acquired Jahlil Okafor along with Nik Stauskas from Philadelphia for Trevor Booker on Thursday.
23 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 9-16
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The Hornets have lost three straight and seven of eight. Dwight Howard, who compiled 46 points along 32 rebounds and eight blocked shots in his last two games, posted double-doubles in each of those games and now has 14 on the season. Assistant coach Stephen Silas has coached the Hornets the last four games as head coach Steve Clifford is out due to an illness.
24 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 7-20
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The Mavericks have lost three straight. Rookie Maximilian Kleber, who has reached double-figures in three of his last six games, is shooting 59.5% (28-of-47) from the field and grabbing 5.6 rebounds over the last eight games. Dirk Nowitzki, who played his 65th career game against Minnesota on Sunday, needs to make four more appearances to move past Kevin Willis for sixth place on the NBA’s all-time games list.
25 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 9-19
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The Suns are on a three-game skid. TJ Warren, who will be counted on a lot more with leading scorer Devin Booker (groin) out for a few weeks, has scored in double-figures in five straight games, which includes three 20-point nights. Phoenix has the worst winning percentage in the league in games decided by double-digits at 8.3% (1-12).
26 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 8-18
The Kings have lost three of four. Thirty-six-year-old Zach Randolph, who has scored in double-figures in 11 straight games, has posted double-doubles in four of last five. Sacramento is the lowest-scoring team in the league (96.4).
27 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 9-15
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The Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 113-112 victory on Saturday, improving to 3-1 in games decided by three or fewer points. Lou Williams, who is averaging 23.5 points a game over the last five contests, posted his second 35-point game this season while coming off the bench on Saturday. Los Angeles, 5-9 at home, hosts Toronto on Monday and then embarks on a four-game road trip.
28 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 6-20
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The Hawks are 3-8 in their last 11. Veteran Ersan Ilyasova, who has seen extended action in eight straight games, has scored 20 points three times during this stretch, including the last two games, in which he has produced 46 points on 16-of-20 shooting. Atlanta, which ranks 21st in scoring (103.4), has scored at least 114 points in each of its six victories and is outscoring their opponents 117.6 -103.4 in those games.
29 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 8-18
The Grizzlies have lost three straight and 14 of 15. Chandler Parsons ranks fifth in the league in three-point percentage at 47.2% (34-72). Six of Memphis’s wins have come against teams with at least a .500 record.
30 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 5-20
The Bulls are on their first winning streak of the season, as they improved to 3-8 at home with a victory over the Knicks on Saturday. Second-year point guard Kris Dunn may be starting to put everything together, averaging 17.5 points along with 6.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.8 steals over the last four games. All five of Chicago’s wins have come against Eastern Conference foes.


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