NBA Power Rankings Week 20: Scorching Spurs strengthen hold on top spot

Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30.

Oklahoman Modified: March 24, 2014 at 10:07 am •  Published: March 24, 2014
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Every Monday throughout the season, we will release our weekly NBA power rankings, slotting the league's teams 1-30. Here's our list after 19 weeks of games:

Running Weekly Archive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19

Power Rankings - Week 20
Rank Darnell Mayberry
Anthony Slater
1
Records
53-16
53-16

Last Week: 2
Balance and minute distribution might be the most impressive thing about their 13-game winning streak.
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Last Week: 1
Won 13 straight and now two games ahead of the Thunder.
2
49-21
51-19

Last Week: 1
Chris Paul has led the game in assists in 16 of the Clippers' last 17 -- and L.A. has won 12 of 13.

Last Week: 3
Host the Heat on Wednesday with both teams in the midst of a rough patch.
3
51-18
51-18

Last Week: 7
Best news of the season came when we learned that Russell Westbrook's knee injury wasn't serious.

Last Week: 4
Kevin Durant’s averages on the Thunder’s recent 3-0 road trip: 40.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists.
4
47-22
49-21

Last Week: 5
Pummeled Utah, Minnesota and Cleveland last week by an average of 22.6 points.

Last Week: 2
Danny Granger has scored double-figures in six of the past eight games. Good pick-up.
5
51-19
47-21

Last Week: 3
One notable win in the past month and a half makes you wonder about them.
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Last Week: 5
Lost seven of 11. Chris Bosh: “We suck”
6
47-21
47-22

Last Week: 4
The troublesome thing is not just that they've lost seven of 11, but it's also how they've allowed 103.5 points in those seven losses.
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Last Week: 6
Home game against the red-hot Clippers on Saturday. Should be interesting.
7
42-29
44-27

Last Week: 6
They better be careful. Phoenix isn't going away in the battle for that last playoff spot.
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Last Week: 7
Grizzlies-Warriors setting up to be a big one in Oakland on Friday.
8
44-27
41-28

Last Week: 11
I still think they can finish as high as fourth. But the Rockets aren't letting up.
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Last Week: 8
Nightmare first-round matchup for the Thunder.
9
41-28
42-29

Last Week: 13
They're 26-9 since Jan. 10, and only two of those nine losses have come by double digits. Dare I say they're looking legit?
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Last Week: 9
This time the Thunder would be wise to save Westbrook for the Mavs.
10
39-30
39-31

Last Week: 8
Scrappy team that could be a pest for Indiana or Miami in the second round.

Last Week: 11
A potential Nets-Bulls first round series would actually be pretty compelling.
11
39-31
39-30

Last Week: 9
Would you believe that after all they've been through, they're still just a half game out of the 3 seed, which is where they were widely projected to finish?

Last Week: 12
A cushy four-game week awaits: Cavs, Celtics, Celtics, Magic.
12
45-25
45-25
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Last Week: 12
Sputtered to a 5-7 record in March and will end the month playing four of five on the road.

Last Week: 10
Once a threat for the top seed, Portland could conceivable fall all the way to seventh or eighth.
13
41-29
37-31

Last Week: 14
Three straight wins (over non-playoff teams) and five victories in the past six have them lingering only a half game out of the eighth seed.
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Last Week: 13
They were 10-21 in 2013, now 27-10 in 2014.
14
37-31
36-34

Last Week: 15
They're 27-10 in the New Year. But I'm sure the same folk who were blaming losses on Jason Kidd before will say the winning has nothing to with him now.

Last Week: 12
Need to hold off Charlotte (two games out of sixth seed) to avoid Miami or Indy in the first round.
15
36-34
41-29

Last Week: 10
Third most talented roster in the East is sitting in sixth place. But I'm sure they'll make excuses as to why.

Last Week: 14
Three straight wins has them back on the brink of a playoff spot. Tough to see them getting in, though.
16
34-36
34-34
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Last Week: 16
Salvaged a suspect week with a 30-point home win over Portland.
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Last Week: 16
Kevin Love had 36 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday. The Wolves lost. Rinse, repeat.
17
34-34
34-36
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Last Week: 17
Mired in mediocrity.
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Last Week: 17
Al Jefferson gets buckets.
18
29-41
31-37
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Last Week: 18
Phil Jackson won't help you, New York.
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Last Week: 18
Still fighting off the Knicks for that eighth slot. Three up right now.
19
32-38
32-38

Last Week: 21
Mildly intrigued by the thought of what they could have done with their full complement of players.

Last Week: 20
Scrappy bunch. Won five of seven, including victories over the Heat and Clippers.
20
29-40
29-41
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Last Week: 20
Only a matter of time before Anthony Davis wants out. Oops! Did I say that? Sorry, New Orleans.

Last Week: 19
Had won eight in a row before a deflating home loss to the depleted Cavs on Sunday.
21
31-37
29-40

Last Week: 19
Six games under .500 and still three games ahead for the eighth seed.
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Last Week: 21
Anthony Davis is playing like the third best player in the world of late.
22
27-44
25-45
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Last Week: 22
Kyrie's' injury ends all hope they had for the eighth seed.

Last Week: 24
DeMarcus Cousins quietly averaging 22.1 points and 11.8 rebounds this season.
23
25-45
27-44

Last Week: 24
New city slogan: "Sacramento, where NBA lottery picks go to die."

Last Week: 22
No reason to bring Kyrie Irving back this season. Losses are more valuable at this point.
24
25-44
23-47

Last Week: 23
There was a time we actually considered these guys a playoff team.

Last Week: 25
Rajon Rondo had a near triple-double in a win over Miami last week. Felt like the 2012 Playoffs.
25
23-47
23-46
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Last Week: 25
Sad state of affairs for a once-proud franchise.

Last Week: 26
Gonna miss the playoffs for only the second time since 1994.
26
23-46
25-44

Last Week: 27
Sad state of affairs for a once-proud franchise.

Last Week: 23
Way too much talent for this terrible a record.
27
23-47
23-47

Last Week: 26
Weekend home win over Orlando finally snapped a six-game skid and marked just their second win in the last 13 games.
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Last Week: 27
Just 2-11 in the past 13 games, with the wins over Orlando and Philly.
28
19-52
19-52
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Last Week: 28
Road struggles continued with an 0-4 week away from home.
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Last Week: 28
A respectable 15-18 at home, an atrocious 4-34 on the road.
29
13-57
15-55
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Last Week: 29
Lost seven straight and 10 of 11.
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Last Week: 29
Lost 24 in a row. Giving up 110 points per game.
30
15-55
13-57
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Last Week: 30
Skid has reached 24...and single-handedly disproven the league's "no evidence of tanking" stance.
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Last Week: 30
Bucks basketball is not a visually pleasing experience.