1. Indiana Pacers (32-7, Last week: 1)
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More on the Pacers: Indy Cornrows
2. Portland Trail Blazers (31-9, Last week: 3)
The Blazers beat the Spurs for the second time this season, with LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews doing their thing in the fourth quarter. Aldridge scored eight big points down the stretch, while Matthews knocked down three straight threes.
More on the Blazers: Blazer's Edge
3. San Antonio Spurs (32-9, Last week: 2)
The Spurs had been on a roll before their showdown with the Blazers, so the loss was just a slight hiccup. Still, San Antonio had to be a little disappointed they couldn't add a marquee win to their résumé.
More on the Spurs: Pounding The Rock
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (31-10, Last week: 5)
Kevin Durant is just silly good right now. Durant is averaging 38.0 points over his last five games, including an absurd 54-point effort against Golden State:
In my view, KD has overtaken LeBron James in the MVP race.
More on the Thunder: Welcome to Loud City
5. Miami Heat (29-11, Last week: 4)
The Heat came out and laid a huge dud against the Wizards on Wednesday after four days off, but the two-time defending champs have won two in a row after their three-game losing streak. In an overtime win over the Bobcats on Saturday, LeBron did cool stuff:
More on the Heat: Hot Hot Hoops
6. Los Angeles Clippers (28-14, Last week: 7)
The Clippers got torched by the Pacers on Saturday, but they had won five games in a row before that loss. Blake Griffin was dominant during the winning streak, averaging 26.6 points and 8.0 rebounds.
More on the Clippers: Clips Nation
7. Golden State Warriors (26-16, Last week: 6)
The Warriors' defense hit a rough patch this past week, giving up 250 points total in losses to the Nuggets and Thunder. Golden State did get back on the right track against the scuffling Pelicans, giving up just 87 points in a victory.
More on the Warriors: Golden State Of Mind
8. Houston Rockets (27-15, Last week: 8)
Terrence Jones has been playing some really good ball of late, and he came through with a career game against the Bucks on Saturday: 36 points on 14-of-20 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds. Impressive stuff.
More on the Rockets: The Dream Shake
9. Dallas Mavericks (24-18, Last week: 9)
The Mavs' defense has been pretty atrocious the past few games, but on a more positive note, rookie Shane Larkin has put together back-to-back strong performances. Larkin had his best outing of the year in a win over the Suns, notching 18 points and five assists.
More on the Mavs: Mavs Moneyball
10. Memphis Grizzlies (20-19, Last week: 16)
The Grizzlies have gotten themselves back into the playoff race thanks to five consecutive wins, and with Marc Gasol back in the fold, watch out.
More on the Grizzlies: Grizzly Bear Blues
11. Phoenix Suns (23-17, Last week: 12)
The Suns have had their share of issues since Eric Bledsoe underwent knee surgery, but they did come up with an impressive win over the Nuggets on Sunday. Channing Frye had his best game of the season, scorching the nets to the tune of 30 points.
More on the Suns: Bright Side Of The Sun
12. Toronto Raptors (20-19, Last week: 10)
The Raptors have generally been really good since the Rudy Gay deal, but they suffered two bad losses last week, falling to the Celtics and Lakers. But even with those losses, Toronto holds the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
More on the Raptors: Raptors HQ
13. Denver Nuggets (20-20, Last week: 11)
The Nuggets remain quite the mystery. Get blown out by the Jazz. Beat the Warriors. Then give up 117 points in back-to-back losses to the Cavs and Suns. Just all over the map.
More on the Nuggets: Denver Stiffs
14. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-21, Last week: 13)
The Wolves lost two more close games last week, continuing a season-long trend of finding ways to lose when things are tight. One of the issues is the play of Ricky Rubio, who hasn't hit a shot in the fourth quarter in over a month.
More on the Wolves: Canis Hoopus
15. Washington Wizards (19-20, Last week: 19)
The Wizards beat the Bulls twice last week, and in the second win, John Wall made one of the more improbable shots you'll ever see:
More on the Wizards: Bullets Forever
16. Chicago Bulls (19-20, Last week: 15)
The Bulls played in yet another triple-overtime game, marking the first time in franchise history they played in two such games in a single season. Jimmy Butler played 60 minutes in the marathon win over Orlando, which is kinda crazy.
More on the Bulls: Blog a Bull
17. Atlanta Hawks (20-19, Last week: 14)
The Hawks played just one game last week, and it was across the pond in London. Unfortunately, the visit wasn't pleasant on the court for the Hawks, as they gave up 127 points to the Nets in a 17-point loss.
More on the Hawks: Peachtree Hoops
18. Brooklyn Nets (16-22, Last week: 18)
Speaking of the Nets, here they are! Brooklyn certainly had a much better time in London than Atlanta, both on and off the court:
NBA Star Joe Johnson -- Drops $10K in London Nightclub ... BRING THE CHAMPAGNE! http://t.co/7n1k6R3qej— TMZ (@TMZ) January 15, 2014
More on the Nets: NetsDaily
19. Detroit Pistons (17-23, Last week: 20)
The Pistons had a rather strange week. After a five-day layoff, Detroit played one of their worst games of the season, losing by 21 points at home against Utah. The next night, the Pistons beat the Wizards despite 34 points from John Wall.
More on the Pistons: Detroit Bad Boys
20. Cleveland Cavaliers (15-25, Last week: 22)
The Cavs are 4-2 since acquiring Luol Deng (3-2 in games Deng has played), and they currently sit just two games out of the final playoff spot in the East. Deng himself has played well, averaging 18.4 points on 47.9 percent shooting as a Cavalier.
More on the Cavs: Fear The Sword
21. Charlotte Bobcats (17-25, Last week: 24)
Al Jefferson has been punishing opponents of late, averaging 26.2 points and 11.4 rebounds while shooting 56.9 percent in his last five games. Unfortunately, the Bobcats went just 2-3 in those five games, and they just lost Kemba Walker to injury for a couple of weeks.
More on the Bobcats: Rufus On Fire
22. New York Knicks (15-25, Last week: 17)
Oh, Knicks. Things were looking so promising heading into the week. Three losses and several more injuries later, New York has to regroup yet again heading into their MLK Day matinee against the Nets.
More on the Knicks: Posting and Toasting
23. Sacramento Kings (14-25, Last week: 21)
The Kings suffered a rather tough loss against the Grizzlies on Friday, complete with a bizarre call by official Marc Davis and a subsequent blow up by Kings head coach Mark Malone. After Davis made a strange jump-ball call that cost Sacramento a possession, Malone called the ref a coward:
More on the Kings: Sactown Royalty
24. Los Angeles Lakers (16-25, Last week: 28)
Hey, the Lakers have won two games in a row! That includes an impressive come-from-behind win over the Raptors on Sunday, which included plenty of swag:
More on the Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll
25. Utah Jazz (14-28, Last week: 26)
In the month of January, the Jazz haven't had a winning or losing streak. Every win has been followed by a loss, and every loss followed by a win. This means Utah should be in line to get some revenge on the Wolves, who won handily when the two teams squared off on Saturday.
More on the Jazz: SLC Dunk
26. Boston Celtics (14-28, Last week: 27)
Rajon Rondo is back ... but the Celtics are 0-2 with him in the lineup. Rondo has been a bit rusty in his return from an ACL injury, although his first bucket was vintage:
More on the Celtics: CelticsBlog
27. New Orleans Pelicans (15-24, Last week: 23)
A couple weeks ago, the Pelicans were knocking on the door of .500. But thanks to injuries and a brutal schedule, New Orleans has now lost eight games in a row and have the third-worst record in the West.
More on the Pelicans: The Bird Writes
28. Philadelphia 76ers (13-27, Last week: 25)
The Sixers had themselves quite the rough weekend, losing by 15 at home to the Heat and then by 25 on the road in Chicago. Not fun.
More on the Sixers: Liberty Ballers
29. Orlando Magic (11-30, Last week: 29)
BREAKING! The Magic have won a game in January. Orlando nabbed their first win of the month by beating the almost equally sorry Celtics on the Sunday. When's the parade?
More on the Magic: Orlando Pinstriped Post
30. Milwaukee Bucks (7-33, Last week: 30)
Can the Bucks follow in the footsteps of the Magic and pick up their first win of the month as well? Milwaukee has a few "winnable" games ahead, but they look so hopeless right now it's hard to predict any victories.
More on the Bucks: Brew Hoop