NBA Power Rankings: Warriors right at home at No. 1

Updated: February 8, 2016, 5:17 PM ET
By Marc Stein |
Monday, Feb. 8

Since the Golden State Warriors last lost a home game, we've seen the National Football League crown two Super Bowl champions ... and we've seen Tiger Woods plummet from 47th to 436th in the world golf rankings.

It's been so long, in other words, that the Warriors presumably would have retained the No. 1 spot in's weekly NBA Power Rankings even if they had lost Saturday night in their long-awaited first meeting of the season with the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. But because the Warriors won, holding off OKC's late rally to stretch their regular-season winning streak at Oracle Arena to 41 games and counting, they'll proceed to All-Star Weekend later this week in Toronto with a comfortable lead at the top.

This is the first season in NBA history that the league can claim to have two teams that won 42 of their first 50 games, but No. 2 San Antonio is going to need some help to close the gap and finally leapfrog Golden State for the first time this season after 15 weeks of Warriors dominance.

Not everything is perfect in the Warriors' world; Steph Curry's Carolina Panthers lost the Super Bowl on Bay Area soil and reserve center Festus Ezeli had to undergo exploratory knee surgery on this Rankings Monday. But ESPN's Basketball Power Index has seen enough now, after 50 games, to give the Warriors a whopping 84-percent chance to win at last 70 games and a 54-percent shot to match the record 72 wins recorded by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

You can comment below on the latest 1-to-30 ladder assembled by the Committee of One, which offers its profuse thanks to our pals within the NBA wing of ESPN Stats & Information, as well as the Elias Sports Bureau, for the invaluable data assistance they faithfully provide week after week to help us with all of our calculations.

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