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Broderick Turner ranks the 30 NBA teams

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:
 
1. GOLDEN STATE: Winning streak at 11; third in scoring (106.8), first in defensive field-goal percentage (41%). (2)
 
2. SAN ANTONIO: Old Man Tim Duncan (38) had fourth career triple-double (14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists). (3)
 
3. CLIPPERS: Got their mojo back on the road, going 6-1. Have won six consecutive games. (4)
 
4. PORTLAND: Stumbled in 13-point loss to Memphis, but won three straight after that, 12 of 13. (7)
 
5. CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving had 37 against Knicks, helping LeBron James and Gang produce a six-game win streak. (14)
 
6. HOUSTON: Rockets actually hanging tough despite missing three starters, including center Dwight Howard (knee). (8)
 
7. WASHINGTON: Getting great play from role players Kris Humphries, Rasual Butler, Kevin Seraphin. (9)
 
8. TORONTO: Have gone 2-2 since All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan (left groin) was injured. (6)
 
9. ATLANTA: Averaging 25.5 assists per game, third-best in NBA; has won five straight games. (12)
 
10. MEMPHIS: Lost two consecutive games, at Houston, which was minus Dwight Howard, at home to San Antonio. (1)
 
11. CHICAGO: Derrick Rose has played in six straight games after playing in five of first 13 because of injuries. (10)
 
12. DALLAS: Monta Ellis is getting it done, having scored at least 30 points in three of last five games. (5)
 
13. PHOENIX: Has won seven of last 10 games. (13)
 
14. MILWAUKEE: Young, surprising team keeps responding, breaks three-game losing streak. (13)
 
15. SACRAMENTO: Won for first time in four games since DeMarcus Cousins (viral infection) went down. (17)
 
16. MIAMI: Dwyane Wade has scored at least 20 points for eight consecutive games. (16)
 
17. DENVER: The Nuggets are 4-6 on road. (17)
 
18. NEW ORLEANS: Had averaged 105.6 points during 5-3 start; Averaged 95.4 points while losing six of nine games. (18)
 
19. BROOKLYN: Has beaten just one team with a winning record. Has Cleveland and Chicago next two games. (21)
 
20. OKLAHOMA CITY: The Thunder is 1-1 since Kevin Durant (foot injury) returned. (20)
 
21. ORLANDO: Kyle O’Quinn got second flagrant foul of week, one on Utah’s Trey Burke; flagrant-2 on Blake Griffin. (22)
 
22. BOSTON: Second in assists per game, averaging 25.9 per game (24)
 
23. INDIANA: Pacers have lost four games in a row. (19)
 
24. CHARLOTTE: Broke 10-game losing streak, but much more is expected from this team. (25)
 
26. LAKERS: Loss two of three on road; gave up 111 to Washington, 113 to Boston, still showing no defense. (26)
 
25. UTAH: Jazz has lost eight straight games, showing signs of going backward. (26)
 
27. MINNESOTA: Will go down as team that gave Philadelphia its first victory of the season (25)
 
28. NEW YORK: Gave up game-winning layup to Kemba Walker, sending reeling Knicks to seventh consecutive loss. (28)
 
29. DETROIT: The Pistons, losers of 10 straight games, would be the worst team in the NBA if not for Philadelphia. (29)
 
30. PHILADELPHIA: FINALLY! The 76ers got first win of the season. Now back to their regular scheduled tanking. (30)

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