Records through Friday. Last week's ranking in parentheses
1. Hawks, 11-2 (2): Difference-maker: Jamal Crawford in role he was born for, averaging 16 off bench.
2. Lakers, 9-3 (1): Don't leave me again: Kobe goes back to Kobe the Munificent with Pau Gasol back.
3. Magic, 10-3, (7): Vince Carter takes over, getting 10 in fourth quarter as they win in Boston.
4. Suns, 10-3 (4): Not because of schedule: 9 of first 13 were on road, as are four of next six.
5. Nuggets, 8-3 (5): After horrid debut as Earl Smith, J.R. gets 18-20-29 off bench as J.R. Smith.
10. Bucks, 7-3, (13): Who is he, MJ II? Since his 55, Brandon Jennings has 25-19-29, is 10-for-23 on 3s.
11. Heat, 7-5 (9): Just lost four of five as teams load up Dwyane Wade, dare anyone else to beat them.
12. Rockets, 7-6 (12): They were No. 27 in rebounding ... before outrebounding Lakers 60-38.
13. Jazz, 6-6 (16): End 0-20 streak in San Antonio. Jerry Sloan says he's happy to get one before he died.
14. Thunder, 7-6 (14): Thabo Sefolosha, second coming of Scottie Pippen as defender, holds Wade to 6 of 19 from floor.
15. Spurs, 4-6 (11): As gradual as his decline has been, Tim Duncan, 33, now at career-low 17.3 a game.
16. Bulls, 6-5 (15): Derrick Rose needs more help, but he needs to go back to being Derrick Rose again.
17. Raptors, 6-7 (20): Think Warriors with more foreign players, less turmoil.
18. Pacers, 5-5 (19): Mike Dunleavy Jr. set to make return. If it lasts this time, they may be dangerous.
19. Hornets, 5-8 (24): After people wondered how they could beat Clips without Chris Paul, they beat Suns too.
21. Pistons, 5-7 (18): Lakers fans enjoy Kwame Brown's return, seeing him take passes off chest, chase them down.
22. 76ers, 5-7 (21): Marreese Speights out. Samuel Dalembert's agent wants him traded, as do 76ers.
23. Clippers, 5-9 (26): Everyone who called that upset over the Nuggets, raise your hand.
24. Grizzlies 4-8, (27): 2-0 vs. Clippers, Minnesota, then went to Philly, beat a real team, more or less.
25. Wizards, 3-8 (25): Don't ever leave us again: Antawn Jamison gets 28 in first game as they upend Cavaliers.
27. Bobcats, 3-9 (22): Stephen Jackson has a few weeks to dig life without Nellie before Larry Brown starts in on him.
28. Timberwolves, 1-11 (28): Critics say they're sacrificing season. What, as opposing to going for a title?
29. Knicks, 2-9 (29): Eddy Curry, whom they're dying to unload, scores 10 in 12 minutes of long-awaited debut.