The Golden State Warriors are two victories away from another NBA history. The team needs to win against Utah (at home) and Brooklyn (on the road) this week to be 26-4 compared to last season's 29-1. It's only been twice in NBA history that a team started 26-4 or better in consecutive seasons: Boston (2007-08 and 2008-09) and Chicago (1995-96 and 1996-97). Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets have unexpectedly moved up to number three on the strength of a 10-game winning streak entering their showdown Tuesday with visiting No.4 San Antonio.
However, this week, is obviously all about the Warriors. The team will have their Christmas Day showdown with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. For now, let's look at the power rankings of each team according to ESPN Stats and Information.
The Golden State Warriors comes first on the list of ESPN and USA Today. Four times already this season, the team has scored at least 135 points while recording at least 35 assists - a feat many have not seen since the 1990-91 season, when Boston did it six times and Portland did it five.
Cleveland Cavaliers (19-6) comes in second. Although coach Ty Lue's decision to sit LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love made headlines, the fact remains that they are the defending champions and number one team for the Eastern Conference.
Houston Rockets, on the other hand, has exceeded expectations more than any other team on the map. James Harden and his teammates are on a 62-win pace. Many are now speculating as to how high Rockets will soar this season. Not only does the San Antonio Spurs (22-5) comes at fourth, the team also boasts the NBA's second-best record by winning a league-leading 14 of 15 games on the road.
The fifth spot for the latest power ranking belongs to the Toronto Raptors. The team finds themselves at 0-6 against Cleveland, Golden State and Sacramento, but a strong 19-2 against the rest of the league, despite Friday night's home loss to the Hawks.