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NBA Power Rankings: Red-hot Jazz clear No. 1; Lakers drop after lackluster week; Suns, Blazers making moves


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Jazz

Another week, three more blowout wins for the Jazz, who have taken Mike Conley’s absence in stride with extra contributions from Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson. Donovan Mitchell’s 3-point shooting has cooled off a bit in the last two games, but he still averaged 29 points for the week, including a brilliant 36-point, nine-assist effort in Tuesday’s win over the Celtics. That’s now 18 wins in 19 games for Utah, with absolutely no signs of slowing. — 22-5
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Clippers

Give the Clippers credit for winning all three games this week without the services of Paul George, and Sunday’s blowout win over the Cavs came without Kawhi Leonard as well. George’s absence has been a blessing in disguise for Lou Williams, who averaged 24.7 points and 6.3 assists this week on 45.5 percent 3-point shooting, and definitely appears to have his swagger back. Leonard was brilliant in the two games he played, averaging 34.5 points on 50 percent 3-point shooting, so hopefully the leg contusion that kept him out Sunday doesn’t linger. 3 20-8
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Suns

The Suns won all four games this week, making it six in a row and eight of their last nine. It’s safe