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The Times' basketball rankings
The Times' basketball rankings

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games: 1. HOUSTON: Rockets are scoring points (104.3, eighth-best in NBA) and playing defense (89.7, second-best). (9) 2. GOLDEN STATE: Warriors (4-0) are off to their best start since opening 5-0 during the 1994-95 season. (2) 3. MEMPHIS: Grizzlies off to best start in franchise history (6-0) because of league-best scoring defense (86.7). (6) 4. CHICAGO: Though Bulls are winning, fans worry that Derrick Rose is missing games with ankle injuries. (8)   5. TORONTO: Kyle Lowry had a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists, 11 rebounds Friday against Wizards. (11)   6. SACRAMENTO: Kings (5-1) have...

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