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The Times' NBA rankings

The Times' NBA rankings
San Antonio's Tim Duncan scored 14 points against Boston on Sunday, five days before notching a triple-double against Memphis. (Winslow Townson / Associated Press)

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)

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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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