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1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 44-4
The Dubs have won seven straight games and are now ahead of the Chicago Bulls pace for 72 wins. Draymond Green became the third player in NBA history to make all his field goal attempts, while recording a triple-double (his ninth of the season). Klay Thompson has poured in 111 points on 42-of-64 shooting, including 16-of-28 shooting from beyond the arc, in his last three games.
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 39-8
This week should have ended the debate of who the top team in the league is and where the Spurs fit into the puzzle. San Antonio lost two of their last three — with losses coming to Golden State and Cleveland. Make no mistake: The Spurs are still currently the second best team. They do however, need the old guy in the middle, Tim Duncan, on the court as much as possible. He has not played since January 22, and the defense has suffered.
3 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 34-12
The Cavs have won four straight under Tyronn Lue since his debut loss to Chicago, and the team has definitely been more efficient. The trio of Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James have each topped the 20-point mark in their last two games, marking the only time this year and 10th time since the beginning of last season. James is Cleveland’s only All-Star and rightfully so. But if Love and Irving continue playing as they are capable of, the Cavs will cruise back to the NBA Finals.
4 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 36-13
The Thunder have won three in a row and are 9-1 in their last 10. They finish the month with their best record of the season (13-3). Russell Westbrook had an impressive month, averaging 20.4 points along with 10.9 assists and 8.4 rebounds. Westbrook has 32 double-doubles and six triple-doubles this season. OKC is 21-4 all-time when Westbrook records a triple-double.
5 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 32-15
The Raptors are the hottest team in the NBA, winning 11 in a row after completing a seven-game home stand undefeated; Toronto is the fifth team in the past 20 years to accomplish the feat. The Raptors are now 18-6 at home (fifth best in the league) and 23-8 against Eastern Conference foes, with the Bulls the only team that Toronto hasn’t beaten.
6 Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers 28-16
The Clippers ran their current win streak to four games by dissecting the Chicago Bulls (120-93) and are now 14-3 without Blake Griffin. Speaking of Griffin, he is going to be out for the foreseeable future after breaking his hand during a fight with the Clippers' equipment manager. Don’t expect Griffin to be dealt, despite the rumors. Jamal Crawford has picked up the scoring load with Griffin out, producing 11 double-figure scoring games in January and averaging 14.3 points for the month.
7 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 28-20
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The Grizzlies are on a three-game winning streak, and have won seven of eight. Memphis finished the month 10-4, as they averaged 99.8 points a game in the 14 contests, which is 3.1 more points than any of their previous months. The Griz have reached the century mark in eight consecutive games, setting a franchise record.
8 Miami Heat Miami Heat 27-21
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The Heat conclude the month on a four-game win streak to finish a brutal January with a 9-8 record. This is Miami’s first four-game winning streak since March 28-April 4 , 2014. The Heat played 11 of their last 13 games on the road, going 5-6 during that stretch, and are now 11-12 away from home. Dwyane Wade scored 17 points on Sunday against Atlanta to tie Bernard King for 42nd place on the all-time scoring list.
9 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 27-22
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The Celtics’ season-high five-game winning streak came to an end in hectic fashion on Sunday with their loss to the Magic after holding a 13-point third-quarter lead. Evan Turner was hit with two technicals and got tossed in the final minute of the loss. Isaiah Thomas is the first 5-foot-9 player to be selected to the All-Star game since Calvin Murphy in 1979.
10 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 28-22
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The Mavs won their second straight game, as they outscored the Suns 23-9 in the fourth quarter and clinched a .500 record for the month (9-9). Dirk Nowitzki sat out the game against Phoenix to rest, leaving Dallas without its veteran leader. Wesley Matthews, the Mavs’ third leading scorer, has not reached double-figures in four straight games — he has now failed to score at least 10 points 14 times this season.
11 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 26-20
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The Bulls are still very inconsistent. Chicago has lost four of its past six and is just 4-8 in its last 12 games. Jimmy Butler scored his 4,000th career point in the Bulls’ loss to the Clippers on Sunday. Mike Dunleavy is expected to return to the court for the first time this season after the All-Star break.
12 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 27-22
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The Hawks are on a three-game skid following their loss to the Heat on Sunday. Atlanta, now fifth in the Eastern Conference, and has as many losses as it did all last year. Kyle Korver missed all six of his shots against Miami, marking it the third time in his career he has started a game and didn’t make a field goal in at least six attempts.
13 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 25-23
The Pistons finished the week at 2-2 after dropping back-to-back games against the two best teams in the Eastern Conference: The Cavs and Raptors. Detroit is currently eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but is only 14-12 against teams in its conference. Rebounding is key to the Pistons' success, as they are 22-10 when they out-rebound their opponents this season and just 3-13 when they lose the rebounding total or tie.
14 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 25-22
The Pacers are in the midst of a nine-game stretch before the All-Star break that has them playing seven home games. Indiana has played three of those games so far, winning the last two, and they host the Cavs on Monday. The Pacers are 15-7 at home this season, which is the third highest winning percentage in the Eastern Conference.
15 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 25-25
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The Rockets have dropped three in a row and are just 4-6 in their last 10. Houston permits 106.8 points a game and has allowed its opponents to reach the century mark in seven of its past eight games. Dwight Howard was ejected from his second game of the season on Saturday in the Rockets’ loss to Washington, and has picked up 12 technicals this year plus two flagrant fouls.
16 Portland Trail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers 23-26
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The Blazers increased their win streak to four in a row with their victory over Minnesota on Sunday and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum continue to be among the top scoring duos in the league, averaging nearly 45 points a game. Reserve big man Meyers Leonard leads the Blazers bench with 10.6 points over his last nine games, scoring double-figures in five of those games and producing one double-double.
17 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 23-25
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The Hornets have won four of six and got back defensive stalwart Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Gilchrist, who was expected to miss the entire season with a shoulder injury. He has averaged 16.0 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 73.3 percent from the field in his two games so far this season. Jeremy Lamb has missed the last five games.
18 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 21-24
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The Wizards snapped their three-game losing streak with a narrow victory in Houston (123-122) on Saturday. The 123 points the Wiz scored against the Rockets are a season-high, and they are now 13-9 on the season when they score at least 100 points. Bradley Beal is coming off the bench, as Washington is being cautious with his minutes, while Kris Humphries has missed his 13th straight game.
19 New York Knicks New York Knicks 23-27
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The Knicks are going through their worst stretch of the year, losing five of six — the only victory came against the Suns. Carmelo Anthony recorded his 13th double-double with 24 points and 10 caroms in the Knicks’ loss to the Warriors on Sunday. He had five double-doubles all last year.
20 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 20-27
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The Kings have lost four straight, but more concerning may be that DeMarcus Cousins left Sacramento’s game against Memphis with a left ankle sprain. If Cousins has to miss some games, it will likely dampen the Kings’ playoff chances. Sacramento is currently 1 ½ games behind Portland for the eighth seed.
21 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 21-25
The Magic had to fight their way back from a 13-point third quarter deficit, but they snapped their eight game slide with a 119-114 win over Boston on Sunday night. Orlando’s victory over the Celtics, who the Magic outscored 63-49 over the final 19:40 of Sunday’s game, avenges their 113-94 loss at Boston a few days prior. Orlando finished the month with a 2-12 record.
22 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 21-25
The Jazz, who have won two straight, started Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert together for the first time since Nov. 30 in their 103-90 victory over Minnesota on Jan. 29. Utah is 8-8 when Favors and Gobert are in the starting lineup together. Alec Burks has missed 18 consecutive games with a broken fibula, but is out of his walking boot.
23 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 18-28
The Pelicans defeated the Nets 105-103 on Saturday, despite the fact that Anthony Davis opened the game 0-for-10 from the field. Though he did finish the game with his 24th double-double (20 points, 16 rebounds). New Orleans has won two in a row and five of six to finish January with a 8-6 record. Ryan Anderson had a big January and is the main reason the Pelicans are only three games out of the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
24 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 24-29
The Bucks have dropped four of their past five games. Milwaukee concluded January with a 7-8 record, which means the Bucks have finished with a losing record in all three months of the season. A big reason is the team’s inability to win on the road (7-21).
25 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 18-30
It’s kind of weird that Denver has produced similar numbers to Milwaukee so far. Denver is 9-15 at home and on the road and has finished December and January with 6-9 records. The Nuggets, who average 100.2 points a game, has topped the century mark in eight consecutive games.
26 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 14-35
The Wolves have lost 19 of 22 games, including 11 straight on the road. Gorgui Dieng is playing his best basketball of the season, reaching double figures in each of the last four games — including two 20-point performances — as well as two double-doubles.
27 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 7-41
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The 76ers ended January with their most wins in a month (four) and nearly pulled off a big upset on Saturday over the Warriors. Philadelphia is still ranked in the bottom third of most statistical categories, but saw an uptick in those numbers this month. Rookie Jahlil Okafor is getting better on the offensive end, but still needs to rebound and defend better.
28 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 12-36
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The Nets have lost three straight and finished 3-13 in January, marking their worst month of the season. Brooklyn fell to 2-7 on the second night of back-to-back games with its loss to New Orleans. The Nets have lost both ends of their back-to-backs on five occasions. Brook Lopez is continuing his strong season, averaging 26.3 points to go along with 10.5 boards and 2.5 blocks in his last four games.
29 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 14-35
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The Suns went 2-12 in January and have lost 19 of their last 21 games. As a result of the loss, Phoenix fired coach Jeff Hornacek and will reportedly name either assistants Corey Gaines or Earl Watson as interim head coach.
30 Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 9-41
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The Lakers have tied a franchise record for consecutive losses with their 101-82 setback to the Hornets. Los Angeles has lost 41 games and has the worst point differential at -10.4.

 

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