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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 46-4
The Warriors have won nine consecutive games and have tied the best mark through 50 games in NBA history. Golden State pumped in 70 or more points in the first half for the ninth time this year in their 116-108 victory over Oklahoma City on Saturday. The Warriors have now won 41 straight home games.
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 43-8
The Spurs have won their last four games. Tim Duncan has missed seven straight with a sore right knee, and the Spurs are 5-2 in those games. San Antonio begins its annual Rodeo road trip on Tuesday in Miami, the Spurs will play eight games on this road swing this year.
3 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 38-14
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The Thunder have won 12 of 14 games and are 15-4 since Jan. 1. Kevin Durant poured in 40 points and grabbed 14 boards against the Warriors, and now has four double-doubles in his last seven games. Durant is averaging 33.0 points and 9.8 rebounds in his last five games.
4 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 34-16
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The Raptors had their 11-game winning streak snapped in Denver on Monday, but have won twice since. Kyle Lowry had his lowest point total of the season against the Nuggets (10) in the loss, though he has bounced back nicely, tallying 26 and 30 against Phoenix and Portland, respectively. Toronto has the second best point differential in the Eastern Conference at plus-4.4.
5 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 34-17
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The Clippers have thrived lately despite dealing with adversity and injuries, going 18-4 in their last 22 games. Chris Paul scored a game-high 22 points in the Clippers’ 100-93 victory over the Heat, despite missing his first nine shots, and finished 8 of 23 from the floor. Paul Pierce scored seven points against Miami, giving him 1,519 career points in 79 games versus The Heat — the most points Pierce has scored against any team in his career.
6 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 36-14
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With the All-Star break nearing, the Cavs find themselves atop of the Eastern Conference. This is no surprise, though they currently sit only two games ahead of the Raptors. The Cavs are 6-3 under the direction of head coach Tyronn Lue.
7 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 30-21
The Griz lost for the second time in their last 11 games to Dallas in overtime on Saturday (114-110). Memphis has been very good at closing out games, as the Grizzlies are 20-3 in games when leading after three quarters. The Grizzlies are 6-5 against Southwest Conference teams and 2-2 in overtime.
8 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 31-22
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The Celtics are playing their best ball of the season, winning four straight and nine of 10. Boston is just 4.5 in back of the Raptors in the Atlantic Division due to an Eastern Conference-best (tied) 23 wins against conference foes. Avery Bradley has improved in each of his five years in the league and is currently enjoying a career year.
9 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 30-23
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The Hawks went 3-1 this week after ending January on a three-game losing streak, marking their third streak of that length. Atlanta fought feverishly back from an 11-point third-quarter deficit on Sunday, but still fell to Orlando by two (96-94). The loss to the Magic was the Hawks’ first this season in three games. The teams close their season series in Atlanta on Monday.
10 Miami Heat Miami Heat 29-23
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The Heat have played eight of their last 10 games on the road, going 5-3 in those away games (1-1 in the other two home games). Miami is 16-15 on the road this year. Dwyane Wade moved past John Stockton for sole possession of 41st place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list against the Clippers on Sunday. Luol Deng, who tallied 15 points against the Clippers, has scored at least 15 points in five of his past six games.
11 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 29-25
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The Mavericks snapped a three-game skid with their win over the Grizzlies, avoiding what would have been their first four-game losing streak. Dallas, which averages 9.4 three-pointers a game, sank 15 triples against the Griz. Rookie Justin Anderson has played sparingly this season but had a season-high 13 points in the Mavs’ loss to the Spurs, and has 24 points in his last three games.
12 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 27-23
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The Bulls desperately need a win in Charlotte on Monday to end their slide, having lost 11 of their last 16 games. This week included two bad losses at Denver and Minnesota. Chicago is 2-4 on its current seven-game road trip, falling to 11-14 away from home this year. Mike Dunleavy Jr. made his season debut against the Timberwolves on Saturday, scoring five points in 14 minutes.
13 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 27-25
The Pistons split their two games this week and are 9-10 since Jan. 1. Detroit has struggled against teams with a better than .500 record, falling to 15-17 on the season with a loss to Indiana on Saturday. Andre Drummond collected his 43rd double-double of the season and now has 91 since the beginning of the 2014-2015 to lead the NBA.
14 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 27-24
The Pacers have struggled to hold onto leads this season. And they nearly blew another big lead on Saturday against the Pistons before eking out a 112-104 victory to win the season series 3-1. Indiana is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, thanks in large part to its 18-11 record against conference foes. Frank Vogel is the longest tenured coach in franchise history, coaching his 400th career game against the Pistons.
15 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 25-27
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The Blazers are in the thick of the Western Conference race because they have won 10 of 13 games. Portland possesses the third-highest offensive rebounding percentage in the league behind OKC and Detroit.
16 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 27-26
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The Rockets are 20-15 since Dec. 1, but they have dropped four of six. James Harden dropped 33 points in Houston’s loss to Portland, marking his third time in the last five games with at least that many points. But he also turned the ball over a season-high 10 times.
17 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 25-25
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The Jazz have won six straight as all five starters reached double-figures against Phoenix. Utah improved to 7-3 in their last 10. Rodney Hood has stepped up his production, scoring 20 or more points in five of his last seven games.
18 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 25-26
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The Hornets went 2-1 this week and are now 3-2 with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the lineup. Kidd-Gilchrist has posted two double-doubles and is averaging 12.2 points and 7.0 boards in his five games this season. Rookie Frank Kaminsky has continued to make strides this season.
19 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 22-27
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The Wiz have dropped seven of 10 but are only 3.5 games in back of the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed. Marcin Gortat has picked up his play in his last five games, posting three double-doubles and averaging 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds after struggling most of January. Gortat’s 25 double-doubles this season ranks him 10th in the NBA and are two more than he had all of last year.
20 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 18-30
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The Nuggets have put themselves in position to challenge for a playoff spot in the Western Conference by winning three of their past four games. Rookie Emmanuel Mudiay continues his impressive play since returning from an ankle injury that sidelined him for 14 games. Mudiay, who scored nine of his 15 points against the Knicks in overtime on Sunday, has reached double-figures in 12 of his past 15 games.
21 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 21-30
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The Kings have lost three consecutive games with their last two coming on the road. Sacramento is now 8-17 away from home. DeMarcus Cousins continues to put up huge numbers, though he has also picked up several technicals and has turned the ball over a lot lately.
22 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 16-36
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The Wolves had two impressive wins over the Clippers and Bulls. Gorgui Dieng has impressed since being inserted into the starting lineup seven games ago, averaging a double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds). Dieng posted a career-high 24 points to go along with 13 boards and seven assists in the win against Chicago.
23 New York Knicks New York Knicks 23-31
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Is the Knicks’ season lost? New York has lost five straight and is 1-9 in its last 10 games. Carmelo Anthony is dealing with knee soreness. And Monday morning the team fired head coach Derek Fisher.
24 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 22-28
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Nikola Vucevic knocked down an 18-footer at the buzzer to give the Magic a 96-94 victory over the Hawks. It marked just their third win in the last 15 games. Orlando’s 12 games decided by three or fewer points is the most in the league this season; the Magic are 5-7 in those games.
25 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 18-32
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New Orleans has lost four consecutive with three of those losses coming by double figures, all to playoff-caliber teams. New Orleans is 7-23 against teams with a winning record.
26 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 20-32
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The Bucks have dropped five in a row and are 3-7 in their last 10. OJ Mayo (sore left hamstring) has missed 11 straight games, and John Henson (sore lower back) has missed five consecutive games.
27 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 11-42
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The Lakers earned their second winning streak of the season this week, defeating Minnesota at Staples Center and the Pelicans in New Orleans. Los Angeles nearly missed its second three-game winning streak, falling to San Antonio 106-102. Julius Randle has done some work lately, tallying 15 points and hauling in 17 rebounds for his fourth double-double in the last five games.
28 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 8-43
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The 76ers snapped a four-game losing streak with their victory over the Nets on Saturday. Rookie TJ McConnell tied a season-high 17 points. The victory over Brooklyn was Philadelphia’s first win over an Atlantic Division foe this season. The Sixers have two more games against the Nets this season.
29 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 13-39
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The Nets won just their fourth game in 2016 with a 128-119 victory over Sacramento on Friday. Joe Johnson had a season-high 27 points along with a season-best 11 assists against the Kings. Markel Brown was five for five from the field, including 3 three-pointers, and tallied a season-high 15 points in the Nets loss to the Sixers on Saturday.
30 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 14-38
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The Suns have lost their last seven games and are 0-3 under interim head coach Earl Watson, though each of those three losses have been by single-digits.Rookie Devin Booker is averaging 20 points and shooting over 41 percent from behind the three-point line in February. He has scored in double-figures in 17 of his last 18 games.

 

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