Power Rankings: End of the road

Updated: December 15, 2015, 12:14 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Dec. 14

The Golden State Warriors finally have a loss on their ledger, true, but they also have a new target.

Wins in their next three games against Phoenix, Milwaukee and Utah would take the Warriors to 27-1, which would give them the gaudiest record ever entering Christmas Day, just a touch better than the 27-2 mark the Boston Celtics toted into Dec. 25, 2008.

As stated last week, Golden State has opened a bigger gap on the rankings field by mid-December than any team in Committee of One history, so one defeat on a drizzly night in Milwaukee -- on the final stop of a seven-game road trip that consumed 13 days and nearly 7,500 miles -- was not going to endanger the Warriors' status at the top. It's going to take multiple losses to threaten their hold on No. 1, and that doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon, given that Golden State will play only five games (all at home) in a span of 17 days, having already played 15 on the road, which is second only to the Los Angeles Lakers' 17.

The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, in case you're wondering, were 23-2 after 25 games en route to 72 wins. Just sayin'.

We'll get to the rest of the rankings, as always, via Stein Line Live, where you can also find this wrap-up piece on the Warriors' ridiculous 24-0 start before they finally incurred that first L. Thanks to the NBA wing of ESPN Stats & Info, as well as the Elias Sports Bureau, for the trusty data assistance provided to the Committee to help in calculations. You can comment on our 1-to-30 ladder below.


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