Power Rankings: Heat, Spurs still streaking

Updated: February 20, 2012, 12:51 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Feb. 20

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.

Check back every Monday in the regular season for a fresh and fully nonautomated pulse taking of the league's 30 teams, which is compiled with Ricky Rubio-esque dishing from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself, or click here to comment on these rankings.

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

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