NBA power rankings 2014: Spurs, Clippers going streaking

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The Spurs and Clippers are both in the midst of winning streaks that have reached double-digits, so they are atop this week's power rankings. SB Nation 2014 NCAA March Madness Coverage

1. San Antonio Spurs (50-16, Last week: 1)

The Spurs have won 10 straight games and are the first team to 50 wins this year. San Antonio has now reached the 50-win mark in 15 straight seasons.

More on the Spurs: Pounding The Rock

2. Los Angeles Clippers (48-20, Last week: 3)

Not to be outdone, the Clippers have won 11 straight games and currently hold a slight edge in average point differential over the Spurs. Blake Griffin keeps doing Blake Griffin things:


More on the Clippers: Clips Nation

3. Indiana Pacers (49-17, Last week: 7)

After a four-game losing streak, the Pacers have taken advantage of some patsies during a three-game winning streak. That includes an overtime victory over the Pistons, a game that featured a 25-point comeback by Indiana:


More on the Pacers: Indy Cornrows

4. Oklahoma City Thunder (48-18, Last week: 5)

Russell Westbrook rested his knee in a blowout loss to the Mavericks on Sunday, but when he has played, he has generally been pretty superb. Since returning from knee surgery, Westbrook has averaged 22.9 points, 8.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 10 games.

More on the Thunder: Welcome to Loud City

5. Miami Heat (45-19, Last week: 4)

The Heat had lost five of six games before an exciting win over the Rockets. Ray Allen has come alive in the last two games, making 70 percent of his shots overall and 9-of-13 from deep.

More on the Heat: Hot Hot Hoops

6. Houston Rockets (44-22, Last week: 2)

The Rockets entered last week one of the hottest teams in the NBA, but they exited with a three-game losing streak. Losing road games to the Thunder, Bulls and Heat is nothing to be ashamed of, except the loss to Chicago was a 24-point beat down that saw Houston basically lay down in the third quarter.

More on the Rockets: The Dream Shake

7. Golden State Warriors (42-26, Last week: 6)

In consecutive games, the Warriors blew an 18-point lead and lost and came back from an 18-point deficit and won. Klay Thompson was the hero in the latter game, beating the Blazers with a late three:


More on the Warriors: Golden State Of Mind

8. Dallas Mavericks (40-27, Last week: 9)

The Mavs were pounded in Golden State early in the week, but rebounded to beat the Jazz and then blow out the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Sunday.

More on the Mavs: Mavs Moneyball

9. Memphis Grizzlies (39-27, Last week: 8)

The Grizzlies are 22-8 since Marc Gasol returned to the lineup and look like a surefire playoff team, although the Suns are still lurking right behind them.

More on the Grizzlies: Grizzly Bear Blues

10. Chicago Bulls (37-29, Last week: 12)

Mike Dunleavy's grit against the Rockets personified the Bulls' season, as Dunleavy scored 21 second-half points after getting jacked in the head by Chandler Parsons and getting 10 stitches:


More on the Bulls: Blog a Bull

11. Phoenix Suns (38-28, Last week: 13)

Eric Bledsoe hasn't shot the ball all that well in his return from knee surgery (39.4 percent), but he's averaging 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in three games. Not too shabby.

More on the Suns: Bright Side Of The Sun

12. Toronto Raptors (37-28, Last week: 11)

It's still kind of crazy that Kyle Lowry wasn't an All-Star. Lowry has averaged 22.0 points, 9.8 assists and 7.2 rebounds in his last five games.

More on the Raptors: Raptors HQ

13. Portland Trail Blazers (43-24, Last week: 10)

It feels kind of weird to have a 43-win team this low, but the Blazers are just 10-13 in their last 23 games and LaMarcus Aldridge is hurting. That's what I would call trending down.

More on the Blazers: Blazer's Edge

14. Washington Wizards (35-31, Last week: 14)

The Wizards suffered some slippage in the form of a two-game losing streak early last week, but rebounded with two consecutive wins, including a big one over the Nets that featured a lot of John Wall and a fourth-quarter comeback:


More on the Wizards: Bullets Forever

15. Brooklyn Nets (33-31, Last week: 15)

Before the tough loss in Washington, the Nets beat the Raptors and then went on the road and beat the Heat for a third time this season:


More on the Nets: NetsDaily

16. Minnesota Timberwolves (33-32, Last week: 16)

Gorgui Dieng has had a quiet rookie season, but he took advantage of a starting spot on Sunday with Nikola Pekovic out, putting up 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in 37 minutes.

More on the Wolves: Canis Hoopus

17. Charlotte Bobcats (33-34, Last week: 17)

The Bobcats have won four straight games and are just a game under .500 for the first time since Dec. 23.

More on the Bobcats: Rufus On Fire

18. New York Knicks (27-40, Last week: 18)

The Knicks have taken advantage of a weak schedule to get themselves back in the playoff conversation, although they remain 3½ games out because of the Hawks' recent winning streak. Also, PHIL!

More on the Knicks: Posting and Toasting

19. Atlanta Hawks (29-35, Last week: 28)

The Hawks have momentarily stopped their slide, winning three games in a row. Kyle Korver has made 14 of his last 16 three-point attempts.

More on the Hawks: Peachtree Hoops

20. Denver Nuggets (29-37, Last week: 20)

Kenneth Faried has had himself a March, averaging 21.9 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting 64.5 percent in nine games.

More on the Nuggets: Denver Stiffs

21. New Orleans Pelicans (27-39, Last week: 19)

The Pelicans might not be any good, but Anthony Davis is very, very good. Davis became the youngest player to post at least 40 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Shaquille O'Neal did it in 1993:


More on the Pelicans: The Bird Writes

22. Cleveland Cavaliers (26-41, Last week: 24)

The Cavs were blown out by the Clippers on Sunday ... and they may have lost Kyrie Irving for the season. Woof.

More on the Cavs: Fear The Sword

23. Detroit Pistons (25-41, Last week: 23)

The Pistons are a straight-up disaster. Firing Mo Cheeks hasn't fixed a single thing, as Detroit is 4-12 since Cheeks got the ax.

More on the Pistons: Detroit Bad Boys

24. Sacramento Kings (23-44, Last week: 25)

Hey, the Kings did win a game last week, but oh wait, it was against the Sixers. In non-Sixers games, Sacramento has lost five straight.

More on the Kings: Sactown Royalty

25. Los Angeles Lakers (22-44, Last week: 22)

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash were both finally ruled out for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, Kobe expects major changes this summer and has no patience for a rebuild. OK.

More on the Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll

26. Boston Celtics (22-45, Last week: 21)

Four losses in a row and Rajon Rondo's shooting has gone ice cold. At least Rondo is still dropping mad dimes, I guess?

More on the Celtics: CelticsBlog

27. Utah Jazz (22-45, Last week: 26)

The Jazz are just 1-8 in March, with that one victory coming over the Sixers. Analysis: That's not good.

More on the Jazz: SLC Dunk

28. Orlando Magic (19-48, Last week: 27)

Since somehow beating the Thunder and Pacers in consecutive games, the Magic have gone 3-11, with two wins coming against the Sixers.

More on the Magic: Orlando Pinstriped Post

29. Milwaukee Bucks (13-54, Last week: 29)

Since the calendar turned to 2014, the Bucks haven't gained a single game on the Sixers.

More on the Bucks: Brew Hoop

30. Philadelphia 76ers (15-51, Last week: 30)

20 losses in a row and it only ties the franchise record. Yikes.

More on the Sixers: Liberty Ballers

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