Even before the Mavs began the week with an impressive road win at Oklahoma City, they reclaimed the summit of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.
After it joined Utah on the short list of teams to sweep a back-to-back in Miami and Orlando, Dallas' return to the No. 1 spot was sealed when Boston's 14-game winning streak was halted by Orlando on Christmas Day.
This week's Mavs comment:
"Very aware that the Mavs lost on a Monday last time we had them No. 1, and that they're playing Monday night at OKC after a rust-building five days off. None of that can matter when this is where they deserve to be."