Durant leads NBA run at top of CSPR

Originally Published: February 21, 2012
ESPN

Going into the week, it was going to take a lot to knock Jeremy Lin from his perch atop the rankings. The NBA's first 50-point game this season? Yeah, that'll do it. Kevin Durant set a career high with 51 points in an overtime win against Denver, becoming the first Thunder player to top the 50-point mark since the team moved from Seattle in 2008. That was good enough to earn him the top spot in this week's rankings.

Lin wasn't too bad himself, averaging better than 20 points and 10 assists to edge LeBron James for the No. 2 spot. Tony Parker, leader of the streaking Spurs, rounded out the all-NBA top four.

But should Lionel Messi and his four-goal performance have been able to break the NBA monopoly at the top? Check out the full rankings below and let us know what you think in the comments section. If you impress our panel with your critique, you could be featured as a guest ranker for next week's edition.

2012 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Will Selva, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman.

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