NBA Power Rankings – February 20, 2014

1. Oklahoma City Thunder (43-12)
1. Oklahoma City Thunder (43-12)
The Thunder are 15-2 in their last seven games. Thursday’s game against Miami is going to be a whole lot of fun. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Indiana Pacers (40-12)
2. Indiana Pacers (40-12)
The Pacers entered the break dropping two of three, but they’re allowing just 90.3 points per game – best in the league. The scary thing is that points are harder to come by in the playoffs. Good luck, opposing offenses. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Miami Heat (37-14)
3. Miami Heat (37-14)
LeBron’s three-point buzzer beat to Golden State might not win him the MVP, but it showed once more that the “he’s not clutch” crowd needs to find another argument. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. San Antonio Spurs (38-15)
4. San Antonio Spurs (38-15)
Danny Granger isn’t the only Spur who can shoot. Congratulations to Marco Belinelli for winning the three-point shooting contest. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
5. Houston Rockets (36-17)
5. Houston Rockets (36-17)
Winners of seven straight, the Rockets end the month with five road games. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Los Angeles Clippers (37-18)
6. Los Angeles Clippers (37-18)
Second in the league in points and third in assists, the Clippers nevertheless seem a notch below elite. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Portland Trail Blazers (36-17)
7. Portland Trail Blazers (36-17)
The good news? Damian Lillard won the skills competition for the second year in a row. The bad news? Portland is 2-6 in its last eight games. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Dallas Mavericks (32-22)
8. Dallas Mavericks (32-22)
The Mavs entered the break a season-high 10 games above .500. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Phoenix Suns (30-21)
The Suns have lost three of four, but Goran Dragic (20.3 points, 6.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds) has been one of the best stories in the league this season. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
10. Golden State Warriors (31-22)
10. Golden State Warriors (31-22)
It’s been a brutal stretch, but the Warriors are just 6-8 over their last 14 games. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Memphis Grizzlies (29-23)
11. Memphis Grizzlies (29-23)
Kudos to the Grizzlies for responding as well as they have. After starting 15-19, Memphis has since gone 14-4. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
12. Toronto Raptors (28-24)
12. Toronto Raptors (28-24)
None of the wins were overly impressive, but Toronto is 8-4 over its last 12 games. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
13. Chicago Bulls (27-25)
13. Chicago Bulls (27-25)
A win at Toronto on Wednesday would make the Bulls a season-high three games above .500. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
14. Atlanta Hawks (25-26)
14. Atlanta Hawks (25-26)
Atlanta entered the break below .500 for the first time since Dec. 2 – and things aren’t going to get any easier. The Hawks open the second half at Indiana on Tuesday. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Washington Wizards (25-27)
15. Washington Wizards (25-27)
John Wall was okay. Nothing to write home about. Just okay. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Brooklyn Nets (24-27)
16. Brooklyn Nets (24-27)
Brooklyn is 14-6 since New Year’s. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Denver Nuggets (24-27)
17. Denver Nuggets (24-27)
Denver, which has lost four straight and six of eight, is fading fast. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
18. Minnesota Timberwolves (25-28)
18. Minnesota Timberwolves (25-28)
Once 23-22, Minnesota has dropped six of eight. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. Charlotte Bobcats (23-30)
19. Charlotte Bobcats (23-30)
Al Jefferson has scored 20+ points in 14 of his last 16 games, including 30+ in five of his last eight. (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. Utah Jazz (19-33)
20. Utah Jazz (19-33)
Remember when Utah started 1-14 and was the laughingstock of the league? Well, the Jazz have since gone 18-19. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. New Orleans Pelicans (23-29)
21. New Orleans Pelicans (23-29)
Anthony Davis (20.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.1 blocks) looks like a perennial All-Star. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
22. New York Knicks (20-32)
22. New York Knicks (20-32)
Carmelo says he’d take a pay cut to stay. But do the Knicks really want him? Better yet, should they? (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-33)
23. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-33)
With the way this team has played, not even a season-high four-game winning streak will be enough to woo LeBron back home. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
24. Detroit Pistons (22-30)
24. Detroit Pistons (22-30)
Detroit started the season 2-1. It’s been all downhill from there. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
25. Orlando Magic (16-38)
25. Orlando Magic (16-38)
At least Victor Oladipo (13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists) has looked solid. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Boston Celtics (19-35)
26. Boston Celtics (19-35)
The Celtics have had a three-game losing streak, two four-game losing streaks, a six-game losing streak and a nine-game losing streak. And that was before February. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Jimmer Fredette (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
27. Sacramento Kings (18-35)
Ladies and gentlemen, a Jimmer Fredette sighting. The former BYU scored a career-high 24 points in a 106-101 win at the Garden last Wednesday. The guy can still shoot. He just needs playing time. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Jimmer Fredette (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. Los Angeles Lakers (18-35)
28. Los Angeles Lakers (18-35)
Just how bad have the Lakers been? They were once 13-13. They’ve since gone 5-22. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
29. Philadelphia 76ers (15-39)
29. Philadelphia 76ers (15-39)
The Sixers have lost eight straight games, including three by 25+ points, including back-to-back games by 40+ points. Do you guys even want to finish the season? (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Milwaukee Bucks (9-43)
30. Milwaukee Bucks (9-43)
When the Bucks beat the Lakers in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve – by 15 points, no less – you wondered if that would spark a hot streak. Nope. They’ve gone 2-19 ever since. Both wins came at home to losing teams, and both were by three points. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
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