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The Times' NBA rankings: L.A. team in top 5, but it's not Lakers

Miami is No. 1, the Clippers are No. 5, and you have to go all the way down to No. 13 to locate the 4-5 Lakers.

November 17, 2012|By Lisa Dillman
  • Sidelined by a sprained left foot, Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade wears street clothes as he joins teammate LeBron James in the team lineup for the playing of the national anthem before a game against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
Sidelined by a sprained left foot, Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade wears street… (David Zalubowski / Associated…)

Records through Friday's games

Top of the Pops

1. Miami (7-3) — Amazing how Dwyane Wade seems to get older after losses, younger after wins. (1)

2. San Antonio (7-2) — Maybe we should call it Top of the Pop(ovich). One spot away. (2)

3. Memphis (7-1) — Fastbreaking, not walking, in Memphis. Grizzlies first to beat Knicks. (6)

4. Oklahoma City (7-3) — Kendrick, never take on someone (Randolph) with dogs named Gucci & Prada. (3)

5. Clippers (6-2) — Four-game trip features first venture out of the cozy Pacific time zone. (4)

Climbing the charts

6. Boston (5-4) — Celtics mirroring stock market volatility. #buyrondo (5)

7. New York (6-1) — Seats suddenly opened up on bandwagon after first loss. (8)

8. Dallas (5-5) — Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman last played together when it counted . . . in Lithuania last fall. (7)

9. Denver (4-5) — Power forward Kenneth Faried had 20 rebounds to 18 for Heat starters in Thursday's loss. (10)

10. Houston (4-5) — Kelvin Sampson 2-2 since stepping in during Kevin McHale's leave of absence. (9)

11. Brooklyn (5-2) — Avery Johnson, the "Little General," making The Association must-see TV. (12)

12. Chicago (5-3) — Best K.C. Johnson tweet: "Wish I had saved those 'Draft Michael Beasley over Derrick Rose' emails." (11)

Stuck in the middle (without you)

13. Lakers (4-5) — Wonder who will be hosting the Buss family Thanksgiving dinner this year? (14)

14. Minnesota (5-4) — John Howard fulfills his Minnesota destiny. Only took nine years to get there. (15)

15. Indiana (4-6) — Pacers win round one of the Rick Carlisle derby. (13)

16. Milwaukee (5-2) — Next test for early road success (3-0) comes Monday at Charlotte. (16)

17. Philadelphia (5-4) — New Christmas game! Twelve days of Andrew Bynum's haircuts. (18)

18. Golden State (5-4) — Standing headline: David Lee continues to defy his many critics. (17)

19. Utah (4-6) — The Salt Lake branch of the Clippers continues to struggle on the road (1-6). (19)

20. Atlanta (4-4) — Flu bug 2, Hawks 2. The ATL continues to completely own the Kings. (20)

21. Orlando (3-5) — Need a road win? Detroit conveniently landed on the schedule Friday night. (21)

22. Phoenix (4-6) — Future goal for Goran Dragic: Maybe Dwight Howard eventually will know both of his names. (25)

B-siders

23. New Orleans (3-4) — Biggest news comes off court as GM Dell Demps signs extension. (22)

24. Portland (4-5) — Damian Lillard doing best to keep rookie-of-the-year sweepstakes a two-man race. (23)

25. Cleveland (2-6) — Discovering that victory over the Clippers was actually a mirage. (24)

26. Charlotte (4-3) — League's youngest player, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 19, averaging 11.1 points through Friday. (29)

27. Toronto (2-6) — Guard Kyle Lowry could be out for another week or maybe two with ailing ankle. (27)

Remainder bin

28. Sacramento (2-7) — Never too early for a closed-door team meeting after another loss. (26)

29. Detroit (1-9) — Around here, one win usually gets you one spot away from rock bottom. (30)

30. Washington (0-7) — Rock bottom meet Wizards. #freetrevorariza. (28)

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