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(Last week’s ranking in parentheses)


1 Seattle (2): On pace to better the franchise record of 64 wins, set in the 1995-96 season.


2 Phoenix (3): No plans to trade Marion, who has blossomed with Nash.


3 San Antonio (1): Will need time to recover from dramatic Rockets defeat.


4 Minnesota (6): NBA ponders nixing courtside mics after Spree’s antics.


5 Sacramento (4): Stojakovic has scored at least 20 in 11 of his past 13 games.


6 Orlando (9): Leads NBA with 46.4 rebounds per game.


7 Miami (5): 10-0 when they score 100 points. 5-3 when opponents net 100.


8 Dallas (7): Dirk needs help. If he doesn’t score big, they don’t win.


9 Cleveland (10): Reasons to sell: Possible lockout, 7 free agents, $375 million return.


10 Denver (16): Michael Jordan wants ‘Melo out as top endorser for Nike’s Jumpman23 apparel.


11 Washington (13): Barred from practice, game, Kwame irks coach Jordan.


12 Detroit (18): The swagger was returning before ugly loss to lowly Hawks.


13 L.A. Clippers (11): Now a tough guy, Brand leads flagrant-foul list.


14 L.A. Lakers (8): Can’t blame Kobe this time; Malone overreacted because he wants out.


15 Indiana (12): Reality sets in after suspensions. Lost seven in a row.


16 Houston (21): 13 points and winning three in final 35 seconds for T-Mac.


17 Portland (15): Begins a 6-games-in-9-days trip on Tuesday at Minnesota.


18 New York (14): Houston: “(Thomas) has wanted to trade me ever since he got here.”


19 Memphis (20): Fratello scraps 10-man rotation. J-Will is odd man out.


20 Boston (19): Payton, Rivers rip Pierce for his grandstanding, ball-hogging.


21 Golden State (26): Must maneuver Texas Triangle during 4-game trip.


22 Utah (17): Lost six straight, tying longest streak of Stockton-Malone era.


23 Philadelphia (22): Snapped 6-game losing streak in Chicago on Friday.


24 Toronto (23): Trade rumors. Mitchell’s rants. Alston’s whining. Carter’s hurt.


25 New Jersey (24): Kidd returns just as injuries might force Mourning to exit.


26 Milwaukee (25): Redd thinks owner Kohl won’t pay another max contract.


27 Chicago (28): At 14 points per game, Deng is tops among rookies.


28 Charlotte (27): Knight second in NBA with 9.5 assists per game.


29 Atlanta (29): Outscored by more than 10 points per game, worst in league.


30 New Orleans (30): Scott won’t get a third chance after Hornets failure.