Power Rankings: No cooling the Heat

Updated: March 13, 2013, 11:53 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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Dwight Howard plays his first game as a visitor to Disney World on Tuesday night. And then Carmelo Anthony, knee willing, finally goes back to Denver on Wednesday night.

And hopefully those big reunion games satisfy your cravings for something out of the ordinary in the NBA this week, because you won't get it in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

By virtue of its comfortable win Sunday night over its (alleged) rivals from Indiana, Miami became just the second team since the NBA expanded to 30 teams in 2004-05 to beat all 29 of the other franchises within the first 61 games of the season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. We'll see how long the Heat can extend their 18-game winning streak now with nine of their next 12 games on the road, but it's fair to start asking whether they can realistically be dislodged from the top spot in any of our final five editions of the rankings.

In a week of scant change overall in the top 10, Indiana dropped from No. 5 to No. 7, while the Lakers climbed to No. 8, their highest position since Week 4. Boston is up to No. 9, and Houston dropped from No. 8 to No. 10, with the Melo-less Knicks nudged to No. 11 by the steady improvement coming from L.A. and Boston.

The ranks, as always, were compiled with Jamal Crawford-esque flashy lobbing from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself ... and click here to catch up with what the scouts were saying in our latest Weekend Dime.

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

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