Power Rankings: Spurs finish No. 1

Updated: April 14, 2014, 3:50 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, April 14

Two more wins would give the San Antonio Spurs their highest single-season win total in franchise history. But they've already clinched plenty if they opt for a casual approach to the final week of the regular season.

Best record in the league. Home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. And the No. 1 ranking in the last edition of ESPN's weekly NBA Power Rankings until next fall.

The Spurs have occupied the top spot for the past four Mondays and, in the wake of the NBA Finals heartbreak that was supposed to bury them, have re-established themselves as the team to beat in the West.

The Miami Heat, meanwhile, have moved up to No. 3 in the season's final poll despite the Heat's 3-4 April, largely because the committee (of one) simply doesn't feel right having the team to beat in the East any lower heading into Saturday's start of the playoffs.

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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