NBA Power Rankings: Out of the break, Warriors eye history

Updated: February 16, 2016, 2:36 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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This is the first season in league history in which a single conference has housed three teams with 40 wins at the All-Star break.

And those three teams, appropriately, occupy the top three spots in the latest edition of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

The Golden State Warriors, mind you, continue to lord over The Other 29 as we emerge from All-Star Weekend in Toronto ... for reasons best explained by Gregg Popovich. Oklahoma City has rightfully joined the Warriors and Pop's Spurs in our top three after securing entry to the 40-win club late last week, but the team that has occupied the top perch on our ladder for all 18 editions of the rankings this season appears intent on ultimately making it 24-for-24.

The Warriors have 17 home games remaining, tied for second most in the league (along with the Raptors and Lakers) behind Milwaukee's 18. That should only enhance Golden State's chances of breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' single-season record of 72 wins, as long it keeps winning throughout its upcoming six-game road trip. Three of the six toughest games left on the Warriors' schedule, according to ESPN's Basketball Power Index, are on this trip (roadies against the Clippers, Hawks and Thunder).

You can comment below on the latest 1-to-30 order 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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