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November 20, 2017, 5:00 pm

NBA Power Rankings: After 15 straight wins, it's time to go green

Win 15 in a row? Check. Build the league's best defence? Yup. Take down the defensive champs? Done. For Boston, it's a recipe that adds up to a new No. 1.

NBA Power Rankings: After 15 straight wins, it's time to go green
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If you privation to be the best, you've got to all in the best, and that's precisely what the Boston Celtics did.

The league's prima defence held the defensive prizesuccessful Golden State Warriors to a time period-low 88 points Thursday nighttime to support its successful run alive, and added a 15th sequent win Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks.

The run vaults Kyrie Irving & Co. to the No. 1 topographic point this hebdomad in the lead of Golden State and Houston, which has won two in a row in ascendant manner pursuing the tax return of Chris Paul.

Every Monday throughout the daily time period, our sheet -- ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz, Amin Elhassan and Ramona Shelburne, The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight's Chris Herring -- volition fertile the league's 30 squads from top to bottom, with investigation notes on all squad provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

Previous fertile ings: Week 5 | Week 4 | Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1

1. Boston Celtics
2017-18 record: 15-2

The Celtics rich person won 15 consecutive games and rich person through it with defence. During the run, they've allowed All-Stars from past time period to harvester for a 14.7 participant ratio rating, which is worsened than the mean NBA participant (15.0). Perhaps even more than remarkable: Saturday was the archetypal of 8 consecutive games in which the Celtics don't human face any All-Star from past time period, the second-longest stretch by any squad this time period. Boston has a chance to support its run rolling. -- Vincent Johnson

2. Golden State Warriors
2017-18 record: 13-4

The Warriors and Thunder square off for the archetypal time this time period on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN). The Warriors won all four matchups past time period by an mean of 19.8 points per game, their second-largest differential against any opponent they human faced four times. For the Thunder, it was their worst points per game differential against any squad. -- Jose De Leon

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    3. Houston Rockets
    2017-18 record: 13-4

    The Rockets rich person won all of their past five road games by 15 points or more than, tied for the longest run in NBA history. The previous three squads to do that all won the NBA title: 2011-12 Heat, 2003-04 Pistons, 1969-70 Knicks. Over the past two hebdomads, James Harden had a six-game stretch where he meand 40 points and 10 assists, the third participant ever to put together a stretch of that kind, joining Tiny Archibald and Oscar Robertson. -- Vincent Johnson

    4. San Antonio Spurs
    2017-18 record: 10-6

    The Spurs overcame a 23-point deficit to all in the Thunder on Friday. It's the franchise's fourth-largest comeback win under Gregg Popovich, including the playoffs. -- Jose De Leon

    5. Toronto Raptors
    2017-18 record: 11-5

    During their time period-high four-game win run, the Raptors rich person posted an NBA-best 118.1 offensive ratio . In those four wins, Toronto has outscored its opponents by nearly 16 points per 100 possessions while shooting 53 percent from the floor. -- Jose De Leon

    6. Minnesota Timberwolves
    2017-18 record: 10-6

    In the loss against the Pistons on Sunday, Jimmy Butler joined Kevin Garnett and Tom Gugliotta to become the third participant in Timberwolves history with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in a game. -- ESPN Stats & Information

    7. Detroit Pistons
    2017-18 record: 11-5

    The Pistons trailed by as many as 11 points in their win over the Timberwolves on Sunday. It was Detroit's league-prima sixth win after trailing by double digits this time period. -- Jose De Leon

    8. Cleveland Cavaliers
    2017-18 record: 9-7

    The Cavaliers' word of the hebdomad past hebdomad: resilient. They came back to all in the Knicks after trailing by 23 points and all in the Clippers after trailing by 15. Cleveland had lost its archetypal six games of the time period when trailing by at least 15 points. -- Jose De Leon

    9. Denver Nuggets
    2017-18 record: 9-7

    Jamal Murray has been a bright topographic point for the Nuggets this time period. He already has two 30-point games after recording one as a rookie past time period. -- Jose De Leon

    10. Washington Wizards
    2017-18 record: 9-7

    On Sunday, the Wizards played the front end of their archetypal back-to-back of the time period. Last time period, the Wizards were 7-9 overall on zero days of rest but rich person won six of their past 8 such games. -- Jose De Leon

    11. Portland Trail Blazers
    2017-18 record: 9-7

    The Trail Blazers are about to begin a five-game road trip. They won their archetypal two games of the time period on the road but rich person since lost three consecutive; two decided by fewer than five points and the other in overtime. -- Jose De Leon

    12. Oklahoma City Thunder
    2017-18 record: 7-8

    The Thunder continue to struggle down the stretch of games this time period and are now 0-7 in games decided by 8 points or fewer. But in their wins, OKC has won big, averaging a wider margin than the Warriors (plus-17.9). That's the reason they're the only sub-.500 squad with a positive scoring margin this time period. -- Vincent Johnson

    13. Milwaukee Bucks
    2017-18 record: 8-7

    Outside shooting has been a concern for the Bucks this time period and point guard addition Eric Bledsoe hasn't through much to help address it. He is shooting 19 percent (6-for-31) outside the paint since joining Milwaukee. -- Jose De Leon

    14. Philadelphia 76ers
    2017-18 record: 8-7

    A 47-point archetypal quarter wasn't enough to all in the Warriors on Saturday. Philadelphia's 47 points are its most in any quarter since March 30, 1990, against the Nuggets (also 47 points in the archetypal quarter of that game). -- ESPN Stats & Information

    15. Memphis Grizzlies
    2017-18 record: 7-8

    Mike Conley has missed the past two games and volition continue to be out indefinitely with a sore Achilles. That doesn't bode well for the Grizzlies, as they've lost four consecutive by an mean of nearly 12 points per game. -- Jose De Leon

    16. New Orleans Pelicans
    2017-18 record: 8-8

    DeMarcus Cousins is averaging career highs in points per game (27.1), rebounds per game (13.2) and assists per game (5.6). He is on pace to joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor as the only participants to mean 27-13-5 for a time period. -- Jose De Leon

    17. Orlando Magic
    2017-18 record: 8-8

    On Monday, the Magic volition look to avoid their fifth consecutive loss and also volition try to avoid falling under .500 for the archetypal time this time period. The Magic are one of just seven squads that rich person not been below .500 this time period. -- Jose De Leon

    18. New York Knicks
    2017-18 record: 8-7

    Kristaps Porzingis is in a bit of an ratio slump, shooting 34 percent from the floor while averaging 18.3 points over his past three games. In his four games prior, Porzingis meand nearly 35 points per game on 60 percent shooting from the floor. -- Jose De Leon

    19. Indiana Pacers
    2017-18 record: 9-8

    A time period-high fourth consecutive win on Monday against the Magic volition put the Pacers two games above .500 for the second time this time period. The 3-pointer has been key for the Pacers during their three-game successful run as they've shot 51 percent from beyond the arc in those games. -- Jose De Leon

    20. Utah Jazz
    2017-18 record: 7-10

    Prior to Rudy Gobert's injury, the Jazz fertile ed archetypal in the league in opponent points in the paint per game. They're 11th in the league in that department in the five games played without Gobert. That could spell trouble for the Jazz as they human face Joel Embiid and the 76ers on Monday: Embiid means 11.2 points in the paint per game, 10th in the NBA. -- Jose De Leon

    21. Miami Heat
    2017-18 record: 7-9

    On Sunday against the Pacers, Dion Waiters went 0-for-10 from the floor, his most attempts without a make in his career. For what it's worth, Waiters has just the third-most attempts without a make in a game this time period. Stanley Johnson went 0-for-13 to open the Pistons' time period and Rodney Hood was 0-for-11 against the Trail Blazers on Nov. 1. -- Jose De Leon

    22. LA Clippers
    2017-18 record: 5-10

    The Clippers rich person followed up a 5-2 start to the time period with an 8-game losing run, their longest since losing nine consecutive in November 2010. Through their archetypal seven games, the Clippers had the fifth-best defensive ratio in the league. Over their past 8 games, only the Pelicans rich person a worsened defensive ratio . -- Jose De Leon

    23. Charlotte Hornets
    2017-18 record: 6-9

    Kemba Walker scored 47 points, the second most in his career, in Friday's three-point loss against the Bulls. According to Elias Sports Bureau investigation, the Hornets rich person lost 11 consecutive games decided by three points or fewer, tied for the second-longest run in the NBA since 1979, when the 3-point line was implemented. -- Jose De Leon

    24. Los Angeles Lakers
    2017-18 record: 7-10

    On Sunday, Lonzo Ball recorded his second triple-double of the time period in his 17th game. Only five participants needed fewer games to record two career triple-doubles in NBA history: Oscar Robertson (3), Ben Simmons (9), Hambone Williams (10), Magic Johnson (12) and Connie Hawkins (14). -- Micah Adams

    25. Brooklyn Nets
    2017-18 record: 6-10

    Brooklyn cut Golden State's lead to four points with 2:38 left in the game on Sunday, but their bevy of 3-point attempts wasn't enough to completely erase their deficit. The Nets attempted 48 3-pointers in the loss, their most in franchise history. -- ESPN Stats & Information

    26. Phoenix Suns
    2017-18 record: 7-11

    The Suns gave up 90 archetypal-half points to the Rockets in their loss on Thursday. That's tied for the second-most points allowed in a archetypal half in the shot clock era (since 1954-55). -- Jose De Leon

    27. Sacramento Kings
    2017-18 record: 4-12

    On Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN) Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox volition square off for the archetypal time as pros and for the archetypal time since the Sweet 16 in March. In that Kentucky victory over UCLA, Fox had 39 points and one turnover; Ball finished with 10 points and four turnovers. -- Jose De Leon

    28. Dallas Mavericks
    2017-18 record: 3-14

    The Mavericks won their third game of the time period thanks largely to their defence. They held the Bucks to 79 points -- the fewest points scored by Milwaukee this time period and the fewest allowed by Dallas this time period -- in the 32-point win. Among squads without a 30-point win this time period are the the Celtics, Cavaliers and Rockets. -- Jose De Leon

    29. Atlanta Hawks
    2017-18 record: 3-13

    The Hawks won their third game of the time period in dominating manner. They all in the Kings by 46 points on Wednesday, their largest win in franchise history. -- Vincent Johnson

    30. Chicago Bulls
    2017-18 record: 3-11

    The Bulls rich person yet to win back-to-back games this time period but finally scored 100 points in sequent games for the archetypal time. They were the only squad without 100 points in back-to-back games this time period. -- ESPN Stats & Information

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