Power Rankings: West takes over top two spots

Updated: April 2, 2012, 11:39 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, April 2

Two Western Conference teams, for the first time all season, occupy the top two spots in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have risen to a season-high No. 1 and, by dealing the Chicago Bulls their second heavy defeat of the week Sunday, thus opened the door for the San Antonio Spurs to rise to a season-best-tying No. 2.

With the Derrick Rose-less Bulls and Miami suddenly looking as shaky as they have all season, it was left to the Boston Celtics to carry the East's flag on this Monday. Boston's 15-5 record since the All-Star break is second only to the Bulls' 15-4 mark, catapulting the Celts to No. 7 -- their first taste of the top 10 all season, believe it or not -- after Sunday's rout of the visiting Heat without the ailing Ray Allen.

The other significant upward move in the latest edition of the ranks sees the Los Angeles Clippers, capitalizing on the lack of consistency outside the top four, vaulting seven spots to the No. 5 slot on the strength of a five-game winning streak. Those five victories, all at home, have calmed things down for under-fire coach Vinny Del Negro, who has weathered widespread reports of locker room chaos to steady the Clips after they'd fallen all the way from No. 4 to No. 12.

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Also, check out John Hollinger's daily power rankings.


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