The Times' basketball rankings

The Times' basketball rankings
Memphis guard Courtney Lee (5) leaves the court with teammate Mike Conley after scoring the game-winning basket Thursday against the Sacramento Kings with less than one second remaining. (Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games:

1. MEMPHIS: Other than a slip-up loss at Milwaukee, the Grizzlies are playing at a high level. (3)

2. HOUSTON: Rockets shoot a league-leading 32.4 three-point attempts. (1)

3. CHICAGO: Bulls fans now worry about Derrick Rose's left hamstring injury as well as both ankles. (4)

4. SAN ANTONIO: Spurs had impressive wins over the Clippers and Warriors on consecutive nights. (13)

5. TORONTO: Raptors had a chance to show how good they really are, but lost to Chicago in a nationally televised game. (5)

6. GOLDEN STATE: Need to cut down on league-leading 20.4 turnovers per game. (2)

7. DALLAS: Rallied from 24 points down to defeat Sacramento; beat 76ers by 53 points. (7)


8. CLEVELAND: Cavaliers needed a season-high 41 points from LeBron James to get by Boston. (9)

9. PORTLAND: Averaged 109.8 points, shot 47.4% from the field in winning five of six games. (8)

10. WASHINGTON: Wizards have won six of the last seven games. (12)

11. ATLANTA: Hawks have surrendered 95.3 points per game in the last four games, all wins. (25)

12. MIAMI: Dwyane Wade missed first game of season with sore left hamstring; had played in first eight games. (10)

13. CLIPPERS: Had four days off to contemplate meltdown against San Antonio. (11)

14. NEW ORLEANS: Pelicans have won four of five; next big test is at Portland Monday night. (17)

15. SACRAMENTO: Kings blow 24-point lead in loss to Mavericks, then blow 26-point lead in loss to Memphis. (6)

16. PHOENIX: Just completed five-game homestand with 2-3 record. (15)

17. BROOKLN: Made only three of 16 three-pointers in eight-point loss to Golden State. (16)

18. CHARLOTTE: Won for first time on the road in five games, beating Phoenix. (14)

19. UTAH: Last three wins by a combined five points, including two-point win over New York on Trey Burke's buzzer-beater. (23)

20. MILWAUKEE: Bucks have scored over 100 points just once in nine games. (24)

21. ORLANDO: Guard Victor Oladipo gets 13 points in first game of the season after sitting out with facial fracture. (21)

22. DETROIT: Got first road win of season in five games with win at Oklahoma City. (18)

23. BOSTON: Blew 19-point fourth-quarter lead in last-second loss to Cleveland. (19)

24. OKLAHOMA CITY: Thunder 2-2 in last four games; just trying to hold on until players get healthy. (26)

26. NEW YORK: The Knicks have lost seven straight games. (20)

25. INDIANA: Inconsistent Pacers win a big game at Miami, lose next game at home to Denver by 21 points. (27)

27. MINNESOTA: Young team in midst of four-game losing streak. (22)

28. DENVER: Talk about no defense: Nuggets surrender 84 first-half points to Portland. (28)

29. LAKERS: Beat Charlotte for first win; now on a three-game losing streak with games at Atlanta, Houston, Dallas. (29)

30. PHILADELPHIA: Losing by 53 points to the Mavericks is ridiculous. Fifty-three points! (30)