Stein's Power Rankings: Week 15

February, 10, 2014
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First it was Oklahoma City on Friday night. Then Indiana on Sunday night.

The rebuilding Orlando Magic somehow beat them both in the space of 72 hours, by a combined two points, to become the first club in 47 years sitting at least 20 games below. 500 to topple the two teams possessing the two best records in the league back-to-back.

It was a weekend so unexpected, so unexplainable, that we can't bring ourselves to punish the Thunder or the Pacers. So those teams continue to occupy the top two spots in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings and will presumably continue to do so when we come out of the All-Star break next week.

The newsiest developments on this Power Rankings Monday, then, involves the rise of the Utah Jazz and the Magic to the upper reaches of the rankings' bottom third. Consider it a reward for Utah's home win over Miami and the Magic's two big upsets that stretched their home win streak to five.

Jumps for Houston (No. 7 to No. 5), San Antonio (No. 9 to No. 7) and Dallas (No. 15 to No. 9), meanwhile, have restored Texas' status as the only state with three top-10 teams.

This week's rankings were compiled, as always, with the usual timely dishing that comes from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself until we return with our next 1-to-30 pulse take of the league.

P.S.: The Baltimore Bullets, according to Elias, were the last team at least 20 games under .500 to beat the teams possessing the league's two best records back-to-back. The Bullets, led by Kevin Loughery's 57 points in the two games, took out Boston and then Philly in February 1967.








Marc Stein | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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