Power Rankings: Here comes Indy

Updated: February 26, 2013, 1:41 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Feb. 25

It remains to be seen whether the Indiana Pacers can replicate their regular-season success against the increasingly scorching Miami Heat come playoff time.

Give the Pacers this much, though: They're finally and officially one of the NBA's top five teams by ESPN.com standards.

Four straight wins by a composite 108 points -- with those four victims all held under 34 percent shooting -- have combined with the steady progress made since a 4-7 start and two impressive wins over the Heat to vault Indiana into the top five of ESPN's weekly NBA Power Rankings for the first time all season at No. 4.

San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers round out the upper crust of the rankings, with Golden State (No. 9) and Utah (No. 10) taking advantage of the struggles endured by a number of teams we've grown accustomed to seeing in the top tier -- starting with New York and Chicago -- to make unexpected jumps into the top 10.

The rankings, as always, were compiled with peerless assistance from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself.

Also, check out John Hollinger's daily Power Rankings.


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