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The Times' NBA rankings
The Times' NBA rankings

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:  1. GOLDEN STATE: Making history. Has won 50-plus games in consecutive seasons for first time in franchise history. (1) 2. CLEVELAND: Clinched first playoff spot since 2010 when LeBron James was leading team. Has won eight of 10 games. (3) 3. ATLANTA: Lost last two games on West Coast swing, at Golden State and Oklahoma City. (2) 4. HOUSTON: Are 25-4 when James Harden scores 30 points or more. Dwight Howard might be back soon to help. (7) 5. SAN ANTONIO: Spurs really lost to the lowly Knicks? Still, Spurs have won eight of last 10 games. (5) 6. CLIPPERS: Still thinking they can finish in...

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