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The Times' NBA rankings
The Times' NBA rankings

Times reporter Broderick Turner ranks the 30 teams. Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games: 1. GOLDEN STATE: Last regular-season motivational carrot left is to get best record to secure home court in playoffs. (1) 2. CLEVELAND: Picking up the defense. During 17-game home winning streak, only one opponent scored 100-plus points. (2) 3. SAN ANTONIO: Extended NBA record of winning at least 50 games in a season to 16 straight. (6) 4. ATLANTA: Still making history. Needs just two more wins to set a franchise record for wins in a season at 58. (3) 5. HOUSTON: Playing all-out for two seed in West to face Dallas in playoffs. A three seed...

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