2012 NBA power rankings: Warriors, Kings gaining ground

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

After posting a 3-1 record last week, the Warriors are up seven spots in this week's poll, while an upset win over the Lakers and a split of back-to-back games against the Jazz has the Kings climbing out of the cellar.

Following a successful week, the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings both took a significant step up in Seth Rosenthal's NBA Power Rankings this week.

The Warriors (8-6) knocked off the Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves last week, and as a result, they have risen seven spots to No. 13 in this week's rankings. The lone blemish on last week's slate was a 102-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Rosenthal notes that the Warriors have been able to overcome a tendency to give away points at the free throw line and via turnovers because of excellent recent play from Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

Sacramento (4-9) is up four spots from last week and sits at No. 25 in Rosenthal's latest rankings. The Kings' rise comes as a result of an upset of the Los Angeles Lakers and a split of back-to-back games against the Utah Jazz. The Kings' ability to control the glass has been a big factor in the team's recent victories according to Rosenthal.

Be sure to check out the complete SB Nation NBA Power Rankings. for Week 5.

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