Power Rankings: Spurs back on top, Knicks still at bottom
By Marc Stein
For the first time in 14 weeks -- for the first time since Nov. 14 -- there's a new No. 1 in my weekly NBA Power Rankings.
It's the only other team this season that knows how it feels to look down on the rest of the league.
San Antonio, not Dallas, is the team from Texas that bumps the Detroit Pistons. The Mavericks were a likely candidate after a 13-game win streak and a 36-point spanking of Miami, but the Spurs have capitalized on Dallas' setback Friday at Denver to claim the league's longest active win streak -- with nine consecutive victories, a 6-0 start on their annual eight-game eviction by the rodeo and just one 20-point game from Tim Duncan in that span. There's a reason we've been saying any team but Detroit would trade their problems for San Antonio's.