NBA Power Rankings: Warriors regain their cushion

Updated: February 1, 2016, 8:08 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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We're far enough along in the season that you're starting to hear the question with greater regularity: Can the Golden State Warriors really do it?

Can the Warriors really win 73 games?

(And on a smaller scale: Can they actually place No. 1, wire-to-wire, for 26 editions in a row on this ladder, which would be a first in the history of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings?)

After another flawless week, which began with the 30-point dismantling of the No. 2-ranked San Antonio Spurs, Golden State made the skeptics wince yet again. The Warriors, at 44-4, have moved back ahead of Chicago's pace from the 1995-96 season, when the Bulls started 43-5 en route to a record 72 wins.

The latest data from ESPN's Basketball Power Index only gives Golden State a 23-percent chance to get to 73-9, even after the throttled the Spurs, but the Committee of One will happily let the BPI guys do the naysaying. We'll simply offer our thanks, as always, to Micah Adams and all of our pals within the NBA wing of ESPN Stats & Information, as well as the Elias Sports Bureau, for the trusty data assistance they provide week after week in helping us with all of our calculations. You can comment on the latest 1-to-30 order below.

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