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Oklahoma City returns to the top. Clippers hold at No. 4 and Lakers do the same at 18.

February 02, 2013|By Ben Bolch
  • Russell Westbrook's Oklahoma City Thunder is the top-ranked team in The Times' NBA rankings this week.
Russell Westbrook's Oklahoma City Thunder is the top-ranked team… (Harry How / Getty Images )

AND THE GOLDEN GLOBE GOES TO …

1. OKLAHOMA CITY (35-12) Westbrook blames Sefolosha for five-second violation, global warming. (2)

2. MIAMI (29-14) Ray Allen (scoreless on 0-for-9 shooting) doesn’t have game vs. Pacers. (1)

3. SAN ANTONIO (38-11) Popovich could reprise “DNP—Old” for Duncan and Bryant at All-Star game. (3)

4. CLIPPERS (34-14) If Chris Paul isn’t available, can alter-ego Cliff come out and play? (4)

HOPING THE ACADEMY LOOKS UPON THEM MORE FAVORABLY

5. NEW YORK (30-15) Mike Woodson to coach, chaperone Carmelo Anthony at All-Star game (5)

6. GOLDEN STATE (30-17) Curry’s ankle is a bigger worry in Bay Area than morning fog at SFO. (6)

7. MEMPHIS (30-16) Trade takeaway: Small-market franchises still think small even with new CBA. (7)

8. CHICAGO (29-18) Bulls were last this short-handed when Tim Floyd was coach. (10)

9. INDIANA (28-19) Scary stuff: Pacers 2-0 against Heat and about to get back Danny Granger. (8)

10. BROOKLYN (28-19) A way-off-Broadway performance: Reserves carry Nets late in Bulls victory. (9)

11. DENVER (30-18) Andre Iguodala could turn out to be best player in Dwight Howard trade. (11)

12. ATLANTA (26-20) Horford, Smith preparing to spend All-Star break at Overlooked Hotel. (12)

ALONG FOR THE FREE CHAMPAGNE

13. UTAH (26-22) Breaking up Jazz now would be like taking John Coltrane out of his quartet. (14)

14. MILWAUKEE (25-21) Like Wayne and Garth, Bucks’ All-Star hopefuls admit: “We’re not worthy!” (13)

15. HOUSTON (26-23) James Harden soon to be Kevin Durant’s teammate again for a day. (15)

16. PORTLAND (24-23) Losses already getting old for rookie sensation Damian Lillard. (16)

17. BOSTON (23-23) 3-0 without Rondo, Celtics may be on to something if Pierce, Garnett go. (17)

18. LAKERS (21-26) Madoff’s clients get better rate of return than Jerry Buss has this season. (18)

19. PHILADELPHIA (20-26) Late lead nearly wasted on the Youngs before 76ers top Kings. (21)

20. DALLAS (20-27) Delonte refuses to co-star with Kathy Griffin in “My Life in the D-League.” (20)

21. MINNESOTA (18-26) Roy jockeying with Ben Stiller for rights to title of “The Heartbreak Kid.” (19)

SIDETRACKED BY RYAN SEACREST ON RED CARPET

22. DETROIT (18-29) Calderon went from a backup on a bad team to a starter on a bad team. (23)

23. TORONTO (17-30) Gay’s happy debut could portend greatness or be beginning of the end. (22)

24. ORLANDO (14-33) In lost season, Vucevic gets to rub in alma mater’s win to Afflalo. (24)

25. SACRAMENTO (17-32) Chris Hansen expose on Kings could curb Chris Hansen’s interest in team. (25)

26. PHOENIX (16-32) Beating Lakers while getting picks from Nash deal known as a win-win. (26)

27. NEW. ORLEANS (15-33) Super Bowl ticket stubs should grant lifetime entry to Pelicans games. (27)

28. CLEVELAND (14-34) Anybody have them knocking off Thunder on Saturday? Didn’t think so. (28)

29. WASHINGTON (11-35) Capital gains: Team hovering around .500 since John Wall’s return. (30)

AND THE RAZZIE GOES TO …

30. CHARLOTTE (11-35) Four wins in 34 games means Bobcats are baaack … in last place. (29)

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