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Mark Heisler's NBA rankings

Records and statistics through Friday's games.

1. Heat 29-9 (2): All together, "We never lost faith in you!" 20-1 since 9-8 start.

2. Celtics 28-7 (3): Home-court advantage they worry about isn't vs. Lakers anymore.

3. Spurs 30-6 (1): Lost in New York, Boston, had to come from 15 down vs. Pacers.

4. Magic 24-12 (5): Just went 8-0 with new guys, even if they're not all new.

5. Mavericks 26-9 (4): Lost 3 of 5 without Dirk Nowitzki, then Caron Butler left for season.

6. Lakers 26-11 (6): So greatest-Laker-team-ever talk in November was premature?

7. Thunder 24-13 (7): Started 5-4, won 14 of 18 but have leveled off since.

8. Jazz 24-13 (8): At 16 points, 8.6 rebounds, he's not Al Jefferson of old.

9. Bulls 23-12 (9): Circus trip was better; 13-2 before losses in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

10. Hawks 24-14 (13): Sore elbow and all, Joe Johnson gets 29-29-28 as they go 3-0.

11. Knicks 21-14 (14): 121-96 victory in Phoenix settles question of who made out in this deal.

12. Hornets 21-16 (15): Deal hurting everyone: Trevor Ariza's 17-7-6 shows Lakers what they miss.

13. Nuggets 20-15 (10): In denial: Asked for Blake Griffin, now spurning all offers for Carmelo Anthony.

14. Trail Blazers 20-17 (11): Vintage Nate McMillan: After all lickings, they're still ticking.

15. Grizzlies 17-19 (16): Not doing badly for team with Zach Randolph, O.J. Mayo on way out.

16. Rockets 16-20 (12): Supplanted by Kyle Lowry and hurt again, Aaron Brooks available.

17. 76ers 15-21 (19): No. 8 in East, winning 12 of 20 without Andre Iguodala in last six.

18. Warriors 15-21 (22): Here's to Keith Smart: They're 6-3 since dropping to 9-18.

19. Pacers 14-19 (17): Roy Hibbert averaged 16 in November, 11 last month, benched this month.

20. Bucks 13-21 (20): Brandon Jennings hopes to return soon, as do Bucks, 3-6 without him.

21. Clippers 11-24 (21): Breakout: DeAndre Jordan blocks 19 shots in three games.

22. Suns 14-20 (18): When Amare Stoudemire, Steve Nash reunite next season, may be as teammates.

23. Bobcats 12-21 (23): Letting them play doesn't work with Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson out.

24. Raptors 12-24 (24): Breakout: DeMar DeRozan averaged 16 last month, just put up 37-27-18.

25. Pistons 11-24 (25): Trailing embalming fluid, Tracy McGrady steps in as starter.

26. Nets 10-26 (26): Now he warms up? Sasha Vujacic averaging 11, 41 percent on 3s as a Net.

27. Wizards 9-25 (27): One young guy getting it: Nick Young averaged 18 last month.

28. Kings 8-25 (30): 3-2 as Tyreke Evans makes belated debut. Oh, he was there all along?

29. Timberwolves 9-28 (29): With last season's 2-29 finish, they've lost 57 of 68.

30. Cavaliers 8-28 (28): Could be a while for title Dan Gilbert promised: 1-19 since 7-9 start.

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