Power Rankings: Warriors No. 1 again

Updated: December 8, 2014, 6:32 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Dec. 8

It doesn't happen often.

Yet this is one of those rare Mondays when ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings committee (of one) could pinpoint the No. 1 team in the league in an absolute layup.

As teams reach (or pass) the 20-game mark, signifying that one-fourth of the regular season is already in the books, Golden State sits atop this ladder for the fourth time in five weeks, thanks to a 12-game winning streak and the league's highest average nightly point margin of plus-10.9. Skeptics who point to all of the sub-.500 teams Steph Curry and Co. have feasted on during this streak are likewise reminded that the Warriors are 5-2 against teams with. 500-or-better records, making them one of just seven teams in the whole league that can claim to be above. 500 even when facing the league's toughest opposition.

In other notable rankings business, surging Atlanta moved to a season-high No. 12; Phoenix (No. 19 to 13) and New Orleans (No. 20 to No. 14) made big leaps almost by default, thanks to the recent struggles of numerous middle-of-the-pack teams ... and the combination of Philadelphia's unforeseen 2-1 week and the deepening woes of the Detroit Pistons stunningly hiked the Sixers out of the basement and dumped Stan Van Gundy's men down to the dreaded No. 30.

A more detailed look at this week's order can be found on Stein Line Live. You can also comment below on our 1-to-30 ladder, which as always was assembled with the usual helpful dishings from ESPN Stats & Info and the Elias Sports Bureau.

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