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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 38-6
Steph Curry and Klay Thompson knocked down seven three-pointers apiece -- the second time they have done so in their careers -- as the Dubs rolled over the Magic on Sunday. The Warriors went 4-0 this past week and have won six straight overall. Golden State, 18-3 on the road, plays three of its four games this week away from home.
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 34-9
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Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 41 points as the Spurs held off the Cavs in overtime in Cleveland to improve their league’s second-best road record to 18-4. Leonard has scored at least 30 points in six straight games, becoming the first Spur to do so since Mike Mitchell in 1986.
3 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 30-12
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The Cavs have lost four of six, dropping their last two games to the Spurs and Warriors. The Cavaliers, who rank 20th in free throw shooting (75.6 percent), made just 12 of 22 shots from the charity stripe against San Antonio. LeBron James turned the ball over seven times on Saturday and is averaging 5.4 turnovers in his last five contests.
4 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 34-13
The Rockets improved to 3-4 in their last seven with their 119-95 victory over the Grizzlies on Saturday. It marked their 18th double-figure win this season. Second-year forward Sam Dekker, making his first career start on Saturday, poured in a career-high 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field, including 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.
5 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 26-17
The Celtics concluded this past week with home losses to the Trail Blazers and Kings, dropping their record to 13-8 at home. Isaiah Thomas produced his third 40-point game of the season on Saturday (in a loss to the Blazers) and is averaging 35.1 points a game over his last 10 games. He joins Larry Bird as the only player in franchise history to average 35 points over a 10-game stretch in one season.
6 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 26-18
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The Hawks defeated the Bulls and 76ers to conclude the week, moving to 19-10 in games against teams with a sub-.500 record. Atlanta, 20th in scoring offense and 23rd in offensive rating, has scored over 100 points in six of last seven contests. They will play three of their next four games at home, where they are 13-8 on the season.
7 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 29-16
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George Hill scored a season-high 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting in Saturday's win against his former team, the Indiana Pacers. Rudy Gobert, who become the fourth player in franchise history to post a 20-20 game on Friday, has hauled in double-digit rebounds in 30 straight games. Utah is 17-4 with Hill in the lineup.
8 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 25-19
The Thunder dropped both of their games this past week, falling to the Warriors and Clippers on the road. They are now 10-13 away from home. Russell Westbrook was not selected as an All-Star starter despite leading the league in triple-doubles and scoring while ranking second in assists.
9 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 28-16
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The Raptors are on their first three-game losing streak since Nov. 2015, and are just 6-6 in January. Jonas Valanciunas picked up his 17th double-double of the season on Sunday, which is five fewer than he’s accumulated in each of the last two years. Jared Sullinger, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, made his debut this week.
10 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 26-20
The Grizzlies are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Marc Gasol topped the 30-point plateau (32) for the third time this season on Saturday. He has scored at least 20 points in four straight games for the first time this season. Memphis is 8-3 in back-to-back games.
11 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 23-21
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The Hornets have won three straight since ending their season-high five-game skid earlier this week. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recorded his third double-double and fifth double-figure scoring game for the month of January in a win over the Nets on Saturday. Marvin Williams has made a three-pointer in 18 straight games.
12 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 23-20
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The Wizards, who are 17-9 since Dec. 1, had their season-high four-game win streak snapped by the Pistons. Their last three games have been decided by three points or fewer. Washington has the fewest road wins of any team currently in the playoffs.
13 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 22-21
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The Pacers have dropped two straight. Paul George has scored 64 points on 24-of-46 shooting (52.1 percent) over the last three games -- he was ejected for the second time of the year on Saturday. Indiana is just 6-16 away from home.
14 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 29-16
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The Clippers have lost two straight. The Clips fell to 2-7 without Chris Paul (thumb injury) and Blake Griffin (right knee) with their loss to the Nuggets on Saturday. Los Angeles, 12-9 on the road, continues their five-game road trip with stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Oakland this week.
15 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 22-23
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The Bulls snapped a two-game losing streak by eking out a 102-99 victory over the Kings on Saturday. Dwyane Wade produced his third-highest scoring night, tossing in 30 points against the Kings on Saturday as he was 12-of-15 from the charity stripe. Chicago is 14-9 on the season at home.
16 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 21-24
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The Pistons have matched their season-high, three-game winning streak. Marcus Morris’ buzzer-beating tip-in on Saturday gave Detroit its third close win of the season. Morris finished the game with 25 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. The Pistons are tied with the Bucks for the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference, a game behind the Bulls.
17 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 20-23
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The Bucks have lost five straight, failing to reach the century mark in four of those games. Giannis Antetokounmpo has recorded three straight double-doubles and now has 19 for the season. Rookie Thon Maker made his season debut on Saturday, producing a career-high six points in 18 minutes.
18 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 19-27
The Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 127-123 victory over the Celtics on Saturday. C.J. McCollum scored 35 points against the Celtics to give him four games of at least 30 points in January. Portland is 6-11 against Eastern Conference teams.
19 New York Knicks New York Knicks 19-26
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The Knicks have lost four of five, including three straight at home, dropping their record to 12-11 at MSG. New York’s last three losses are by a combined six points. They are 4-6 in games decided by three points or fewer. Carmelo Anthony has the league’s third worst shooting percentage (31.3) from the field among players with at least 30 attempts when games are within five points in the last five minutes.
20 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 17-27
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The Pelicans surrendered their second most points in franchise history in their 143-114 loss to the Nets on Friday. New Orleans, which is two games out of eighth place in the Western Conference, has lost three of four.
21 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 18-25
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The Nuggets are 4-2 in their last six. Gary Harris tallied 22 points in a loss to the Wolves on Sunday; he missed the previous three games with an ankle injury. Harris is now on a stretch where he has reached double-figures in 11-of-14 games. Denver is 3-8 in games decided by three-points or fewer and 0-3 in games that have gone to overtime.
22 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 16-28
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The Wolves have won five of seven. Their last two wins have been decided by three or fewer points. Karl-Anthony Towns is having his best month of the season to date, registering 10 double-doubles in 11 games and averaging 23.8 points and 13.9 rebounds in January.
23 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 15-27
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The Sixers are 7-3 in 2017 as they have two three-game winning streaks. The Sixers lead the league in turnovers and turnover percentage, though they are also fourth in assist percentage. Joel Embiid leads all rookies in points (19.8), rebounds (7.8) and blocks (2.47).
24 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 15-29
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The Mavericks ended a two-game skid with their win over the Lakers on Sunday. Their 49-point win over the Lakers was the third-highest margin of victory in franchise history. Dallas scored their most points and allowed their fewest points of the season against the Lakers. Andrew Bogut has missed six consecutive games with a hamstring injury, though he could return this week.
25 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 15-29
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The Suns have won two straight and are 5-5 in January. Phoenix is 10-6 against Eastern Conference teams after defeating the Raptors and Knicks on the road. Eric Bledsoe had 40 points and 13 assists against Toronto on Sunday to become the first Suns player to post such numbers since Steve Nash on Nov. 22, 2006. Devin Booker has scored 20 or more points in nine of the 10 January games.
26 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 18-27
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The Magic have lost 10 of 13. Elfrid Payton has filled up the stat sheet lately, scoring at least 20 points in four of his last five. He recorded his fifth double-double of the season against the Warriors on Sunday with 23 points and 10 assists. Orlando, 8-14 at home, concludes its three-game home stand hosting the Bulls on Tuesday.
27 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 16-27
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The Kings are on their longest losing streak of the season, and they have lost eight of nine overall. DeMarcus Cousins scored 42 points on Saturday, and picked up his fifth career triple-double earlier this week. However, he is only averaging 25.3 points and 10.1 rebounds in January, which is his worst month of the season. Rudy Gay is out for the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles.
28 Miami Heat Miami Heat 14-30
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The Heat are on their longest winning streak of the season with all three victories coming at home. Dion Waiters tallied a season-high 33 points in the victory over the Bucks on Saturday. Rookie Okaro White, who signed a 10-day pact on Thursday, is scoreless in 19 minutes of action.
29 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 16-32
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The Lakers suffered a franchise-worst loss against Dallas Sunday in their 122-73 setback. They had 17 turnovers and made just 3-of-21 from beyond the arc (14.3 percent). The Lakers posted a season-low in points, lowest point total in a quarter (second, 11) and half (33). D’Angelo Russell is expected to miss one-to-two weeks with a MCL sprain, a calf sprain and bone bruise. Larry Nance (bone bruise, left knee) has returned to action after missing 16 games. Los Angeles has lost six of seven.
30 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 9-34
The Nets earned their first win of the month of January, scoring a season-high 143 points against the Pelicans on Friday. Brook Lopez has scored in double-figures in a season-high seven consecutive games. The Nets are the only team not to win consecutive games this season.

 

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