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The Houston Rockets are the hottest team in the NBA, and they have one player to thank -- Buddy Hield.

Wait, what?

That's right, thanks in large part to 35 points from Hield on Sunday, the Sacramento Kings snapped the Boston Celtics' NBA-leading, 10-game win streak, leaving the Rockets' seven-game run as the longest active win streak in the league. That, and James Harden breaking all kinds of offensive records, of course.

How high can Houston climb? Where does Boston land after the loss? And what will Paul George's scorching start mean for the LA Clippers? We answer all that and more in this week's edition.

Throughout the regular season, our panel (ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Andre' Snellings, Royce Young and Bobby Marks, and The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears) is ranking all 30 teams from top to bottom, taking stock of which teams are playing the best basketball now and which teams are looking most like title contenders.

3. Houston Rockets
Record: 10-3
Week 4 ranking: 10

James Harden could really have a legitimate chance to join Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to average 40 points per game for a season. Harden is averaging 39.5 points despite shooting poorly in four of the first five games of the season. Harden has averaged 43.0 points during the Rockets' seven-game winning streak, and he isn't just lighting it up on offense. Houston is allowing only 95.9 points per 100 possessions with Harden on the floor during the winning streak. -- MacMahon

This week: POR, @DEN, @LAC, DAL.

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