The Times' NBA rankings

Written By kolimtiga on Minggu, 21 Desember 2014 | 12.56

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

1. MEMPHIS: Ended Golden State's 16-game win streak; then won back-to-back game at San Antonio in triple OT. (3)

2. GOLDEN STATE: Bounced back from having 16-game win streak stopped with impressive win over Oklahoma City. (1)

3. PORTLAND: Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points against the Spurs, helping Blazers win fourth in a row. (7)

4. TORONTO: Raptors have five players averaging in double figures, led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan at 19.4. (9)

5. WASHINGTON: Did anyone else have Raptors and Wizards as top two teams in East? (8)

6. HOUSTON: Limiting opponents to 93.0 points a game at home. (5)

7. ATLANTA: Hawks have won 11 of 12 games, including a 29-point beat-down of Cleveland. (10)

8. CHICAGO: Improved to 13-2 when holding opponents under 100 points. (12)

9. DALLAS: How much will trade for point guard Rajon Rondo help Mavericks in uber-competitive West? (11)

10. CLIPPERS: Have lost three consecutive road games. Coming up? Games at San Antonio and Atlanta. (4)

11. SAN ANTONIO: Lost back-to-back games in triple overtime by a combined three points. (2)

12. CLEVELAND: Mike Miller got his first start of season against Brooklyn, scoring 21 points on seven 3-pointers. (6)

13. OKLAHOMA CITY: Kevin Durant's sprained right ankle has Thunder fans concerned. (13)
14. NEW ORLEANS: Hanging tough with Anthony Davis in bid for playoff spot in Western Conference. (17)
15. PHOENIX: Suns have lost six of last seven games. (14)
16. MILWAUKEE: Losing rookie forward Jabari Parker to season-ending left knee injury will hurt. (16)

17. MIAMI: Heat has used 12 different starting lineups in 27 games. (15)

18. BOSTON: Won first game after trading Rajon Rondo to Dallas, beating Minnesota. (22)

19. DENVER: The up-and-down Nuggets ended a three-game losing streak by beating Clippers. (18)

20. SACRAMENTO: DeMarcus Cousins returned after missing nine games with viral meningitis; Coach Mike Malone fired. (20)

21. BROOKLYN: In his two seasons with Nets, Kevin Garnett has averaged more rebounds than points. (19)
22. ORLANDO: The Magic is 0-8 when allowing opponents to shoot at least 50%. (21)
23. UTAH: Won back-to-back games for the first time all season, and it was on the road. (25)
24. INDIANA: Pacers have lost nine of 10 games, but at least injured Paul George still travels with team. (23)
26. CHARLOTTE: Ended four-game losing streak. It still counts, even though it was against 76ers. (26)
25. LAKERS: In case you missed it: Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's No. 3 all-time scorer. (24)
27. MINNESOTA: Has lost 10 of 11 games. Shabazz Muhammad had 28, 21 and 26 points in last three defeats. (27)
28. NEW YORK: Carmelo Anthony has missed games with nagging sore left knee; Knicks have lost 13 of 14. (28)
29. DETROIT: Revolting at the Palace: Pistons extended franchise mark for consecutive losses at home to 12. (29)
30. PHILADELPHIA: Blew 18-point lead in final seven minutes to Memphis in regulation, lost in OT. (30)

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