Power Rankings: Red-hot Heat No. 1

Updated: March 10, 2013, 7:00 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, March 4

It was always going to take some sort of slip by San Antonio, no matter how well Miami's been playing, for the defending champs to bump the scalding Spurs out of the top spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

Cue San Antonio's home loss to Phoenix last week, followed by the loss of Tony Parker for an estimated four weeks to an ankle sprain, to make it academic now that the Heat, having stretched their winning streak to a whopping 14 games, are your new No. 1.

The longest win streak of LeBron James' career means Miami -- amazingly for the first time since the opening week of the regular season -- has made it back to the summit of these rankings ahead of all the Western Conference contenders who'll be beating each other up in the playoffs. Indiana has retained its top-five slot, thanks largely to an 8-3 mark against the rest of the East's top five, but seven teams in the top 10 reside in the West, with Oklahoma City bumping San Antonio down to No. 3 thanks to a momentous road victory Sunday at Staples Center over the No. 4 Clippers.

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. And click here to review all the Trimester award winners in the latest Weekend Dime.

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

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