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The Times' NBA rankings
The Times' NBA rankings

Broderick Turner ranks the 30 teams. Last week's ranking in parentheses; statistics are through Friday's games: 1. GOLDEN STATE: Closing in on franchise-best record, and on home-court advantage throughout West playoffs. (1) 2. CLEVELAND: Whether LeBron James is MVP or not, Cavaliers have lost just seven times in 35 games since Jan. 15. (2) 3. ATLANTA: Hawks, a No. 8 playoff seed last year, clinch top seed in East for just second time in franchise history. (3) 4. HOUSTON: Dwight Howard (knee) is back, but this is still the James Harden show. Rockets clinch playoff berth. (4) 5. CLIPPERS: Win sixth straight, clinch fourth straight playoff berth. But still need Jamal...

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