Power Rankings: Pacers still rolling

Updated: November 11, 2013, 3:33 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Nov. 11

The next time the Indiana Pacers score 100 points in a game will be the first time all season.

The next loss Indiana suffers will be its first, too.

The Paul George-fueled Pacers and the 0-7 Utah Jazz are the only two teams in the league yet to crack triple digits, but Indiana's withering defense has ensured that whatever scoring it gets these days is enough, leading to the best start in franchise history at 7-0 and the NBA's last surviving unbeaten record.

Although it'll surely be tested Monday night by the visit of the rugged Memphis Grizzlies, Indiana moves into Week 3 of the 2013-14 season as the undisputed No. 1 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings, with San Antonio jumping up from No. 4 to No. 2 ahead of steady Minnesota (No. 3) and the Phoenix Suns rivaling Philadelphia in the race to be known as the league's November darlings with a rise to No. 8 that no one saw coming.

The Suns will inevitably settle to a more realistic level once we get past the wild fluctuations of the early season, but No. 3 Minnesota undeniably looks like playoff material now that the Wolves -- capitalizing on Kobe Bryant's absence to finally halt a 22-game losing streak to the Lakers -- are reasonably healthy and stacked with well-fitting complements to Kevin Love.

The latest rankings, as always, were compiled by the committee (of one) with the ever-helpful dishing that comes from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. You can click here to rank the teams yourself until we return next Monday with a fresh 1-to-30 pulse take of the league.


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