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The Spurs just keep on winning and winning and winning.

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1. San Antonio Spurs (53-16, Last week: 1)

The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili on the road against the Warriors on Saturday ... and they still won by nine. Thirteen wins in a row. Ho hum.

More on the Spurs: Pounding The Rock

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (51-18, Last week: 4)

The Thunder suffered an injury scare when Russell Westbrook hurt his surgically repaired knee again, but an MRI showed no structural damage. Also, Kevin Durant keeps doing stuff:


More on the Thunder: Welcome to Loud City

3. Los Angeles Clippers (49-21, Last week: 2)

The Clippers' winning streak finally ended at 11 on the second night of a back-to-back in Denver. I'll forgive them for losing that one.

More on the Clippers: Clips Nation

4. Houston Rockets (47-22, Last week: 6)

The Rockets responded to their three-game losing streak with a three-game winning streak. All three victories came without Dwight Howard, who has been nursing an ankle injury.

More on the Rockets: The Dream Shake

5. Indiana Pacers (51-19, Last week: 3)

Good Morning, It's Basketball

Paul George is shooting 30 percent overall and 24 percent from three over the last five games. Analysis: That's not good.

More on the Pacers: Indy Cornrows

6. Miami Heat (47-21, Last week: 5)

LeBron James and Chris Bosh both called out the Heat's effort after a loss to the Pelicans on Saturday. There's no reason to panic in Miami, but not everything is peachy.

More on the Heat: Hot Hot Hoops

7. Memphis Grizzlies (41-28, Last week: 9)

Marc Gasol injured his ankle in a loss to the Heat, but he played 39 minutes the very next game in an impressive win over the Pacers that starred the Grizzlies' suffocating defense.

More on the Grizzlies: Grizzly Bear Blues

8. Golden State Warriors (44-27, Last week: 7)

While Paul George has really struggled lately, his woes are no match for those of Harrison Barnes. The second-year forward is shooting 20.0 percent in the last five games.

More on the Warriors: Golden State Of Mind

9. Phoenix Suns (41-29, Last week: 11)

The Suns secured a monster win on Sunday against the Timberwolves, coming from 22 down to win by seven. With the win and the ensuing Mavericks loss, Phoenix is now just a half-game out of the West playoff race.

More on the Suns: Bright Side Of The Sun

10. Dallas Mavericks (41-28, Last week: 8)

Jose Calderon was elbowed in the face early in the loss to the Nets on Sunday, but the injury isn't believed to be serious, which is great news.

More on the Mavs: Mavs Moneyball

11. Toronto Raptors (39-30, Last week: 12)

THE RAPTOR IS BACK!:


More on the Raptors: Raptors HQ

12. Brooklyn Nets (37-31, Last week: 15)

The Nets have won four straight games and are making a hard charge for a top four seed in the Eastern Conference. Joe Johnson is still Joe Cool:


More on the Nets: NetsDaily

13. Chicago Bulls (39-31, Last week: 10)

The Bulls have cooled off a bit, going 6-5 over the last 11 games. The two wins last week against the Sixers were surprisingly hard-fought.

More on the Bulls: Blog a Bull

14. Portland Trail Blazers (45-25, Last week: 13)

LaMarcus Aldridge has dealt with some injury issues of late, and even when he has played, he hasn't been that great. Since the All-Star Break, Aldridge is shooting 39.7 percent.

More on the Blazers: Blazer's Edge

15. Minnesota Timberwolves (34-34, Last week: 16)

The Wolves have given up 126 points per game over the last three games. Quite the feat.

More on the Wolves: Canis Hoopus

16. Washington Wizards (36-34, Last week: 14)

The Wizards endured a tough week, going just 1-3, with the lone win coming against the woeful Lakers. On a more positive note, John Wall is shooting 49.1 percent from three in March.

More on the Wizards: Bullets Forever

17. Charlotte Bobcats (34-36, Last week: 17)

The Bobcats helped wash away the bad taste of a two-game losing streak with an absolute beat down of the Blazers. Portland may not have had LaMarcus Aldridge, but an extremely impressive win nonetheless.

More on the Bobcats: Rufus On Fire

18. New York Knicks (29-41, Last week: 18)

The Knicks appeared well on their way to a ninth straight victory on Sunday, but they proceeded to blow a 17-point lead to the Cavs. Not ideal when making a desperation push toward the playoffs.

More on the Knicks: Posting and Toasting

19. Denver Nuggets (32-38, Last week: 20)

After falling a season-high nine games under .500 two weeks ago, the Nuggets have gone 5-2 with solid wins over the Heat, Clippers and Wizards.

More on the Nuggets: Denver Stiffs

20. New Orleans Pelicans (29-40, Last week: 21)

Anthony Davis might just have a future doing this basketball thing. Now averaging 27.9 points and 11.6 rebounds in March.

More on the Pelicans: The Bird Writes

21. Atlanta Hawks (31-37, Last week: 19)

The Hawks squandered two major opportunities to possibly bury the Knicks, blowing fourth-quarter leads against both the Pelicans and Raptors. Atlanta is still three games ahead of New York in the standings, but it could be five.

More on the Hawks: Peachtree Hoops

22. Cleveland Cavaliers (27-44, Last week: 22)

The Cavs have no realistic shot at the playoffs, but that won't stop Jarrett Jack from having none of your playoff dreams, Knicks!:


More on the Cavs: Fear The Sword

23. Sacramento Kings (25-45, Last week: 24)

Since when did DeMarcus Cousins become a guard?:


More on the Kings: Sactown Royalty

24. Detroit Pistons (25-44, Last week: 23)

In a loss to the Suns on Friday, Josh Smith went 0-of-8 from the free-throw line. ZERO OF EIGHT!

More on the Pistons: Detroit Bad Boys

25. Boston Celtics (23-47, Last week: 26)

It has been rough sledding for the Celtics of late, but they did nab an exciting win over the Heat last week. Rajon Rondo nearly notched a triple-double, tallying nine points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

More on the Celtics: CelticsBlog

26. Los Angeles Lakers (23-46, Last week: 25)

Blazer's Edge

Steve Nash made a surprising return from a back injury, only to re-injure his back. Nash could be back sometime this week, but it's still painful to see him struggling so much with these injuries.

More on the Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll

27. Utah Jazz (23-47, Last week: 27)

The Jazz have won two games this month. One came against the Sixers and the other on Saturday against the Magic. Congrats, Utah!

More on the Jazz: SLC Dunk

28. Orlando Magic (19-52, Last week: 28)

The Magic have lost nine games in a row and that's all I have to say about the Magic.

More on the Magic: Orlando Pinstriped Post

29. Milwaukee Bucks (13-57, Last week: 29)

The Bucks are still impressively outlasting the Sixers in terms of worst record. That's an accomplishment.

More on the Bucks: Brew Hoop

30. Philadelphia 76ers (15-55, Last week: 30)

Congratulations Sixers, you're just two more losses away from tying the NBA record for most losses in a row!

More on the Sixers: Liberty Ballers