The Times' NBA rankings

The Times' NBA rankings
Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott, left, drives around Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass during the Hawks' 105-91 win on Wednesday. (Elise Amendola / Associated Press)

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

1. ATLANTA: Better stop underestimating these


. Their 11-game winning streak currently is longest in the


. (2)

2. GOLDEN STATE: It’s a trend:

Steve Kerr


Andrew Bogut


Andre Iguodala

during loss to


. (1)

3. MEMPHIS: Newly acquired

Jeff Green

scored 12 of his 21 points in fourth quarter of victory at Orlando. (9)

4. PORTLAND: Of the

Trail Blazers

’ 30 victories, 23 are against teams with current records under .500. (3)


James Harden

is carrying the


. Leads the NBA in scoring (27 a game), handing out 6.8 assists. (6)

6. DALLAS: Old Man

Dirk Nowitzki

, 36, responded after resting a game by dropping 25 points on Denver. (4)

7. WASHINGTON: Growing pains: Beat San Antonio and Chicago on back-to-back nights, lost to struggling


. (5)


DeMar DeRozan

(groin) back after he missed 21 games, but still has lost six of eight games. (7)

9. CHICAGO: The Bulls will lose to anybody. Six of 13 losses have come to sub-.500 teams, five of them at home. (8)

10. CLIPPERS: Still waiting to go on that winning run. An impressive win at Portland, but lost the games before and after. (10)

11. SAN ANTONIO: Feeling whole again:

Kawhi Leonard

returns after missing 15 games with injured hand. (11)

12. PHOENIX: Home cooking.


have won five straight at home, in midst of franchise-long eight-game homestand. (12)

13. CLEVELAND: Cavaliers win last two on West Coast swing, taking some of heat off Coach David Blatt — for now. (14)

14. MILWAUKEE: At halfway mark of season, the


have already won six more games than they did last season. (13)

15. OKLAHOMA CITY: Who says

Russell Westbrook

won’t pass? He had a career-high 17 assists against


. (16)

16. NEW ORLEANS: More depth, please: Injuries to starters

Anthony Davis


Jrue Holiday

hurt. (15)

17. MIAMI: Dwyane Wade is injured again. Missed two consecutive games with injured hamstring. (17)

18. BROOKLYN: Lots of noise here. Talk of trading

Brook Lopez


Jarrett Jack

. Talk of selling the team. (19)

19. DENVER: Averaged 109.8 points per game during five-game win streak, 8.3 points higher than season average. (21)

20. INDIANA: At least the bench is productive. Reserves have scored 30 or more points in 36 of the 41 games. (18)

21. CHARLOTTE: Volatile guard

Lance Stephenson

back after missing 14 games, and now he’s on trading block. (20)


Brandon Jennings

is getting it done. He averaged 21.6 points as


won 10 of 12 games. (22)

23. SACRAMENTO: Not big on sharing the ball.


average 19.8 assists a game, the second-worst in the NBA. (23)

24. ORLANDO: Athletic rookie forward Aaron Gordon (fractured left foot) cleared to practice after missing 32 games. (24)

26. BOSTON: Trader Danny. Danny Ainge acquires five players, then trades one and buys out another. (26)

25. UTAH: Good defense goes only so far. Held four of last five opponents under 100 points, but only a 2-3 record. (25)

27. LAKERS: Kobe is rested for the seventh game. It doesn’t matter much to Lakers, who went 0-4 for the week. (27)

28. PHILADELPHIA: This is different: After starting season 2-23 on the Road to Tankville, 76ers have gone 6-8. (28)

29. MINNESOTA: There’s no defense here.


yield a league-high 108.2 points a game. (29)

30. NEW YORK: Phil Jackson offered “mea culpa” to



Carmelo Anthony

returned. Losing streak reached 16. (30)