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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.