Power Rankings: Heat, Spurs still streaking

Updated: February 20, 2012, 12:51 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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Jeremy Lin's New York Knicks in the top 10 of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings?

Who's going to argue after the Knicks avenged the first disappointment of the Lin era -- Friday night's home loss to New Orleans -- by halting the defending champs' six-game win streak in a marquee game Sunday afternoon?

You'll have to check out the Miami Heat comment to see how historically impressive our scorching No. 1 team has been lately, avenging losses last week to the only two teams (Milwaukee and Orlando) that have beaten the Heat in February. But the Linsanity these days is such -- along with the wild ups and downs we're seeing weekly from roughly No. 7 all the way down to No. 20 -- that the Knicks have moved up seven more spots. Which follows an eight-slot jump last Monday.

And with Carmelo Anthony returning this week, Thursday night's TNT showdown that sends the Knicks to South Beach is looking like a tasty appetizer for the All-Star Weekend that follows Friday.

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