Power Rankings: Rockets take off

Updated: March 17, 2014, 12:54 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, March 10

The stunning twin losing streaks that have engulfed Miami and Indiana unexpectedly opened the door for a new No. 1 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings. And it's the Houston Rockets, in another huge surprise, who jump up to fill the void, edging past the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs for top honors.

The Rockets' 23-6 record since Jan. 1 is the NBA's best. Factor in their home wins last week over Miami and Indy, and the Rockets had to be the choice, despite the fact that L.A. (leading the league in average point margin at plus-7.1 after seven straight wins) and San Antonio (six straight wins of their own) each has a worthy case.

Further explanation behind this week's order can be found on Stein Line Live. You're also invited to rank the teams yourself here.


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