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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

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Hawks

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

NBA

. (2)

2. GOLDEN STATE: It’s a trend:

Steve Kerr

rested

Andrew Bogut

,

Andre Iguodala

during loss to

Thunder

. (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)

5. HOUSTON:

James Harden

is carrying the

Rockets

. 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

Nets

. (5)

8. TORONTO: Got

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.

Suns

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

Bucks

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

Warriors

. (16)

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

Anthony Davis

and

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

and

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)

22. DETROIT:

Brandon Jennings

is getting it done. He averaged 21.6 points as

Pistons

won 10 of 12 games. (22)

23. SACRAMENTO: Not big on sharing the ball.

Kings

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.

Timberwolves

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

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

Knicks

fans.

Carmelo Anthony

returned. Losing streak reached 16. (30)

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