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The Times' NBA rankings

The Times' NBA rankings
Golden State's Stephen Curry reached the 1,000-three-pointer mark faster than anyone in NBA history. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:

1. GOLDEN STATE: Curry fastest to 1,000 career three-pointers;

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Warriors

have won 14 straight home games. (2)

2. ATLANTA:

Hawks

not afraid of the big, bad West. Just won nine straight games against Western Conference teams. (3)

3. PORTLAND: Solid on defense and offense. Ranked first in points allowed (96.1) and seventh in scoring (103.8). (1)

4. DALLAS: Routed at home by

Pistons

, but still have won six of last seven by averaging 109.1 points, 2nd-best in

NBA

. (5)

5. WASHINGTON: Guard

John Wall

tied for league lead in double-doubles (points-assists) with 21. Assists leader (10.3). (9)

6. HOUSTON: Leads NBA in three-pointers attempted and made, and still ranks fourth in defense, allowing 97.3. (8)

7. RAPTORS: Where’s the defense? Raptors have allowed more than 100 points during four-game losing streak. (7)

8. CHICAGO: Bulls need to warm up. They have averaged 95.1 points on 38.8% shooting in last seven games, going 4-3. (6)

9. MEMPHIS:

Zach Randolph

returned after missing nine games with right knee soreness;

Grizzlies

still lost six of 10. (4)

10. CLIPPERS: We’re talking about practice! Clippers practiced three times last week, went 2-1 afterward. (10)

11. SAN ANTONIO:

Manu Ginobili

suffered back spasms that forced him out, adding to list of issues for

Spurs

. (14)

12. PHOENIX: Sharing the wealth. Five players averaging at least 14 points a game, led by

Goran Dragic

’s 16.9. (13)

13. MILWAUKEE: Has five players averaging in double figures.

Brandon Knight

(18.1) leads team in scoring. (15)

14. CLEVELAND: Are the moves enough to please LeBron James? Cavs acquire

Iman Shumpert

,

J.R. Smith

,

Timofey Mozgov

. (11)

15. NEW ORLEANS: In his return to the bench,

Tyreke Evans

produced 21 points, 10 rebounds. Sixth-man candidate? (16)

16. OKLAHOMA CITY: Friday was first time this season Durant, Westbrook scored at least 25 points in same game. (12)

17. MIAMI: Can somebody get a rebound here? Heat still worst rebounding team in NBA, grabbing 36.2 a game. (18)

18. INDIANA: Inching up to No. 8 playoff spot in East. Averaging six points more a game in last 14 games. (21)

19. BROOKLYN:

Deron Williams

out with fractured rib,

Kevin Garnett

resting; lost four straight after reaching .500. (17)

20. CHARLOTTE: Little Big Man. The 6-1

Kemba Walker

has scored 29, 30, 33, 31 in four straight wins for

Hornets

. (27)

21. DENVER:

Ty Lawson

averaged 19.6 points, Arron Affalo 23 in last five games;

Nuggets

win four out of five. (20)

22. DETROIT: Addition by subtraction? Pistons went 5-23 before

Josh Smith

trade, then won seven in a row. (24)

23. SACRAMENTO: Defense is lacking.

Kings

give up the fourth-highest amount of points in the NBA, 104.2 a game (19).

24. ORLANDO: Bad combination — can’t score or rebound. Ranked 28th in scoring (93.6), 28th in rebounding (40.7). (23)

26. BOSTON: Total rebuild mode.

Celtics

trade

Jeff Green

to Memphis,

Brandan Wright

to Phoenix for draft picks. (22)

25. UTAH: Increased defensive intensity. Gave up 92.5 points a game in last 12 games, tops in NBA in that stretch. (25)

27. LAKERS: Went 1-1 last week when

Kobe Bryant

was resting. Lakers 2-3 overall when Bryant takes a break. (26).

28. PHILADELPHIA: Kings of the road — well, sort of. Five of 76ers’ six wins have come on the road. Go figure! (29)

29. MINNESOTA: Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points or more in six consecutive games, easily rookie-of-the year leader. (28)

30. NEW YORK: Bad numbers — 5: fans who wore bags at

Knicks

game; $1,700: price of their tickets; 14: losing streak. (30)

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