NBA power rankings 2014: Spurs remain on top as winning streak hits 17

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The Spurs' winning streak is still going, the Blazers make a big jump, and the Sixers won a game!

1. San Antonio Spurs (57-16, Last week: 1)

In the last two games, Marco Belinelli has 45 points on 17-of-26 shooting and 10-of-14 from three. Pretty, pretty good. And oh yeah, 17 wins in a row.

More on the Spurs: Pounding The Rock

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (54-19, Last week: 2)

Speaking of pretty good over the last two games, Kevin Durant has 60 points on 24 shots in his last two. Oh, he also had 43 points three games ago.

More on the Thunder: Welcome to Loud City

3. Los Angeles Clippers (52-22, Last week: 3)

The Clippers have already seen Chris Paul and J.J. Redick miss significant time with injuries, and now they're just hoping Blake Griffin's back problems don't linger with the postseason fast approaching.

More on the Clippers: Clips Nation

4. Houston Rockets (49-23, Last week: 4)

Dwight Howard returned from an ankle issue last week, only to go right back on the shelf after two games. Look for Howard to miss several more games in order to heal up for the playoffs.

More on the Rockets: The Dream Shake

5. Miami Heat (50-22, Last week: 6)

Despite losing on the road in Indiana, the Heat are now tied with the Pacers in the loss column and are well positioned to grab the No. 1 seed in the East.

More on the Heat: Hot Hot Hoops

6. Portland Trail Blazers (48-27, Last week: 14)

The Blazers make a huge jump this week thanks to the return of LaMarcus Aldridge and the subsequent three-game winning streak, including an impressive win over the Grizzlies.

More on the Blazers: Blazer's Edge

7. Indiana Pacers (52-22, Last week: 5)

The Pacers did get that win over the Heat, but the rest of the week was an absolute disaster. Three road games resulted in three losses, and Indiana failed to reach 80 points in all three games.

More on the Pacers: Indy Cornrows

8. Golden State Warriors (45-28, Last week: 8)

Another team dealing with some key injuries. The Warriors missed David Lee and Andrew Bogut in a bad loss at home to the Knicks, although they did beat the Grizzlies shorthanded.

More on the Warriors: Golden State Of Mind

9. Toronto Raptors (42-31, Last week: 11)

The Raptors clinched a playoff berth last week and will return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season thanks to Amir Johnson's game-winner:


More on the Raptors: Raptors HQ

10. Memphis Grizzlies (43-30, Last week: 7)

The Grizzlies have hit a bit of a snag with two straight losses, and now they find themselves on the outside looking in on the West playoff race.

More on the Grizzlies: Grizzly Bear Blues

11. Dallas Mavericks (44-30, Last week: 10)

Dirk Nowitzki did Dirk Nowitzki things in a thrilling overtime win over the Thunder:


More on the Mavs: Mavs Moneyball

12. Phoenix Suns (44-30, Last week: 9)

The Suns just won six straight games, but they get docked major points for getting killed by the lowly Lakers. With the schedule toughening up down the stretch, it's a loss Phoenix might not be able to afford.

More on the Suns: Bright Side Of The Sun

13. Chicago Bulls (41-32, Last week: 13)

After getting thumped by the Blazers, the Bulls rebounded against the Celtics thanks to a career day from D.J. Augustin, who poured in 33 points and the game-winning three:


More on the Bulls: Blog a Bull

14. Brooklyn Nets (39-33, Last week: 12)

The Nets missed a prime opportunity to make a move on the No. 3 seed in the East with two overtime losses early last week, but they've bounced back with two straight victories.

More on the Nets: NetsDaily

15. Washington Wizards (38-35, Last week: 16)

The Wizards are on the verge of their first playoff berth since 2008, when they lost to LeBron James and the Cavaliers for the third straight year.

More on the Wizards: Bullets Forever

16. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-35, Last week: 15)

The Wolves are just .500 despite having the seventh-best average point differential in the West.

More on the Wolves: Canis Hoopus

17. Charlotte Bobcats (35-38, Last week: 17)

Al Jefferson is wrapping up a superb March, a month in which he's averaging 25.1 points and 10.6 rebounds.

More on the Bobcats: Rufus On Fire

18. New York Knicks (31-43, Last week: 18)

The Knicks continue to befuddle, getting absolutely embarrassed by the Lakers and Suns while also beating the Warriors in Oakland. New York is just one game back of Atlanta in the East.

More on the Knicks: Posting and Toasting

19. New Orleans Pelicans (32-41, Last week: 20)

Somewhat quietly, Tyreke Evans has had a pretty solid season after a disastrous start. Evans is averaging 20.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.6 rebounds in March.

More on the Pelicans: The Bird Writes

20. Cleveland Cavaliers (30-45, Last week: 22)

While the Knicks are the prime candidate to overtake the Hawks in the East, don't count out the Cavs, who are 2½ games out. Dion Waiters has been excellent with Kyrie Irving out:


More on the Cavs: Fear The Sword

21. Denver Nuggets (32-41, Last week: 19)

The Nuggets faced the Spurs twice and Thunder once last week ... and things didn't go so well. Denver lost all three games and gave up 119.3 points per game in the process.

More on the Nuggets: Denver Stiffs

22. Los Angeles Lakers (25-48, Last week: 26)

The Lakers continue to weird it up. A destruction of the Knicks was followed by terrible losses to the Bucks and Wolves before a beat down of the Suns.

More on the Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll

23. Atlanta Hawks (31-41, Last week: 21)

The Hawks are floundering, losers of six straight and hanging onto that final playoff spot in the East by a thread.

More on the Hawks: Peachtree Hoops

24. Sacramento Kings (25-48, Last week: 23)

DeMarcus Cousins is supposedly releasing an R&B album under the moniker of Boogie Smooth, and oh God this better not be an April Fool's Day joke:

More on the Kings: Sactown Royalty

25. Boston Celtics (23-50, Last week: 25)

The Celtics have lost four games in a row, but hey, Rajon Rondo will be joining the broadcast booth for the game against the Bulls on Monday. So that's cool.

More on the Celtics: CelticsBlog

26. Orlando Magic (21-53, Last week: 28)

The Magic actually won two games in a row last week, bolstered by the strong play of Nikola Vucevic. The big man has averaged 22.7 points and 14.3 rebounds in the last three games.

More on the Magic: Orlando Pinstriped Post

27. Utah Jazz (23-51, Last week: 27)

The Jazz showed some promising signs the last few months, but March has been terrible. Utah is 2-14 this month, with the only wins coming against the Sixers and Magic.

More on the Jazz: SLC Dunk

28. Milwaukee Bucks (14-59, Last week: 29)

Despite actually winning a game last week, the Bucks are still in great position to have the most ping-pong balls at the lottery.

More on the Bucks: Brew Hoop

29. Philadelphia 76ers (16-57, Last week: 29)

THE STREAK IS OVER! LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN!:


More on the Sixers: Liberty Ballers

30. Detroit Pistons (26-47, Last week: 24)

The Pistons get this last spot on principle after a truly embarrassing display against the Sixers. Detroit may be the biggest disaster in the NBA this season.

More on the Pistons: Detroit Bad Boys

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