Power Rankings: Clips still streaking

Updated: January 2, 2013, 11:51 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Dec. 31

The first week of 2013 will be a seriously testing one for the Los Angeles Clippers. Sandwiched around a Friday night Staples Center showdown with the Los Angeles Lakers are two games against the newest team to crack the top five of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings: Golden State.

But that's the future.

In the moment, riding the longest winning streak seen in the NBA since the 2008-09 Boston Celtics won 19 games in a row, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin's Clippers have comfortably made it to the 2012 finish line as our No. 1 for the second straight week, racking up four more wins to stretch their own unbeaten run to 17. The highlights: L.A.'s Christmas Day pounding of the Denver Nuggets ... and a 29-point rout of the Celts on TNT.

The Clips, according to Elias, thus became only the third team in NBA history to play an NFL season's worth of games in a single month and win them all. The only other teams to go undefeated in a month that featured at least 16 games are the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers and 1995-96 San Antonio Spurs.

The rankings, as always, were compiled with copious assisting from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself.

Also, check out John Hollinger's daily Power Rankings.


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