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2014 NBA power rankings: Streak over, but Spurs remain on top

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The Spurs still hold the top spot despite their 19-game winning streak being snapped, while the Pacers take a major tumble thanks to their atrocious play of late.

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1. San Antonio Spurs (60-17, Last week: 1)

The Spurs' winning streak finally came to an end at 19 straight games at the hands of the Thunder. How did San Antonio respond? By crushing the Grizzlies.

More on the Spurs: Pounding The Rock

2. Oklahoma City Thunder (55-21, Last week: 2)

After the win over the Spurs, the Thunder had a great chance to lay claim to the top spot of the rankings. However, consecutive close losses to the Rockets and Suns nixed that.

More on the Thunder: Welcome to Loud City

3. Los Angeles Clippers (55-23, Last week: 3)

The Clippers got J.J. Redick back from injury last week and have a legit chance at the No. 2 seed thanks to the Thunder's hiccups.

More on the Clippers: Clips Nation

4. Miami Heat (53-23, Last week: 5)

Because of the Pacers' struggles, the Heat have a firm grasp on the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

More on the Heat: Hot Hot Hoops

5. Houston Rockets (51-25, Last week: 4)

Omer Asik has been pretty darn awesome filling in for an injured Dwight Howard. Asik notched a career-high 23 rebounds in two separate games last week.

More on the Rockets: The Dream Shake

6. Golden State Warriors (48-29, Last week: 8)

The Warriors made mincemeat of the Kings and Jazz in the last two games, winning by a combined 61 points.

More on the Warriors: Golden State Of Mind

7. Portland Trail Blazers (50-28, Last week: 6)

The Blazers are back in the postseason for the first time since 2011 and still have a chance at home-court advantage in the first round.

More on the Blazers: Blazers' Edge

8. Dallas Mavericks (47-31, Last week: 11)

The Mavs responded to a brutal loss against the Warriors with three straight wins, including a huge victory on the road over the Clippers.

More on the Mavs: Mavs Moneyball

9. Phoenix Suns (46-31, Last week: 12)

The Suns secured two monster victories in their quest for the postseason. The first was a win on the road in Portland, and the second was a thrilling triumph over Oklahoma City.

More on the Suns: Bright Side Of The Sun

10. Toronto Raptors (45-32, Last week: 9)

The Raptors just keep on chugging along, and with an easy remaining schedule, 50 wins is a legit possibility.

More on the Raptors: Raptors HQ

11. Chicago Bulls (45-32, Last week: 13)

The Bulls also have a relatively light closing stretch, and whomever blinks first between them and the Raptors may lose out on the No. 3 seed.

More on the Bulls: Blog a Bull

12. Memphis Grizzlies (45-32, Last week: 10)

The Grizzlies have lost four of six and are a full game out of the Western Conference playoff picture.

More on the Grizzlies: Grizzly Bear Blues

13. Brooklyn Nets (42-34, Last week: 14)

The Nets will go for a season sweep of the Heat on Tuesday in Miami.

More on the Nets: NetsDaily

14. Washington Wizards (40-37, Last week: 15)

The Wizards clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 with a dominant win over the Celtics.

More on the Wizards: Bullets Forever

15. Charlotte Bobcats (39-38, Last week: 17)

The Bobcats have won four straight, are over .500 and have clinched a playoff spot. Not enough can be said about the job Steve Clifford has done this season.

More on the Bobcats: Rufus On Fire

16. Minnesota Timberwolves (38-38, Last week: 16)

The Wolves fittingly followed up wins over the Grizzlies and Heat with a loss to the Magic. Almost a microcosm of this mediocre season.

More on the Wolves: Canis Hoopus

17. Atlanta Hawks (34-42, Last week: 23)

The Hawks may have woken up just in time to save their playoff spot in the East, winning two straight games in convincing fashion.

More on the Hawks: Peachtree Hoops

18. Indiana Pacers (53-25, Last week: 7)

The Pacers' ship is taking on lots of water. 23 first-half points AT HOME against the Hawks on Sunday? Inexcusable.

More on the Pacers: Indy Cornrows

19. New York Knicks (33-45, Last week: 18)

J.R. Smith is making sure to go out with guns blazing. Smith has gone 24-of-50 from three in the last three games, and he attempted an NBA-record 22 in a loss to the Heat on Sunday.

More on the Knicks: Posting and Toasting

20. Denver Nuggets (33-44, Last week: 21)

A disappointing year is mercifully nearing its end for the Nuggets, who have lost six of their last seven.

More on the Nuggets: Denver Stiffs

21. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-47, Last week: 20)

The Cavs' playoff hopes are just about dead after two consecutive losses, including an ugly one at the hands of the Hawks.

More on the Cavs: Fear The Sword

22. New Orleans Pelicans (32-45, Last week: 19)

Four games, four losses last week. That's what will happen when Anthony Davis isn't 100 percent.

More on the Pelicans: The Bird Writes

23. Sacramento Kings (27-50, Last week: 24)

"Boogie Smooth" wasn't real and everything is terrible.

More on the Kings: Sactown Royalty

24. Detroit Pistons (28-49, Last week: 30)

The Pistons bounced back from their loss to the Sixers with a thrilling win over the Bucks! Way to go, Detroit!

More on the Pistons: Detroit Bad Boys

25. Utah Jazz (24-53, Last week: 27)

The Jazz stink, but Trey Burke may have offered a positive glimpse at the future with a 24-point, 15-assist effort in a loss to the Warriors.

More on the Jazz: SLC Dunk

26. Orlando Magic (22-55, Last week: 26)

Rookie Victor Oladipo is finishing the year strong, averaging 16.6 points while shooting 48.4 percent overall and 46.7 percent from three in his last five games.

More on the Magic: Orlando Pinstriped Post

27. Los Angeles Lakers (25-52, Last week: 22)

The Lakers matched the mark for the most losses in franchise history with yet another beat down at the hands of the Clippers.

More on the Lakers: Silver Screen and Roll

28. Philadelphia 76ers (17-60, Last week: 29)

The Sixers won ANOTHER game, and this ranking is the highest they've been in seemingly forever.

More on the Sixers: Liberty Ballers

29. Boston Celtics (23-54, Last week: 25)

The Celtics have lost eight straight games and are threatening to overtake the Magic for the third-worst record in the league.

More on the Celtics: CelticsBlog

30. Milwaukee Bucks (17-63, Last week: 28)

Barring something crazy, the Bucks are going to finish with the worst record in the NBA. Good job, good effort.

More on the Bucks: Brew Hoop