NBA Power Rankings – February 25, 2014

1. Indiana Pacers (42-13)
1. Indiana Pacers (42-13)
Trading for Evan Turner gives the Pacers a clear upper hand entering the Eastern Conference Finals. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Miami Heat (40-14)
2. Miami Heat (40-14)
LeBron was masterful against Oklahoma City, but why was he still in the game when the outcome had been decided? A broken nose doesn’t kill Miami’s title chances, but it doesn’t help them, either. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (43-14)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (43-14)
The Thunder didn’t show up against Miami and have suddenly lost two straight, three of six and four of eight. Cause for panic? No. Cause for tepid concern? Yes. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. San Antonio Spurs (40-16)
4. San Antonio Spurs (40-16)
Five of the Spurs’ last six losses have come on the road. Unless San Antonio plans on earning a 1-seed, this is a problem. (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. Houston Rockets (38-18)
5. Houston Rockets (38-18)
Dwight Howard and James Harden are hitting their stride. Houston has won nine of 10. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Los Angeles Clippers (38-20)
After losing to San Antonio and Memphis, Sunday’s win at Oklahoma City was just what the doctor ordered. Jamal Crawford’s 36 points helped offset Kevin Durant’s 42. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Portland Trail Blazers (38-18)
7. Portland Trail Blazers (38-18)
After beating Utah and Minnesota this weekend, Portland improved – yes, improved – to 7-7 in its last 14 games. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Golden State Warriors (34-22)
8. Golden State Warriors (34-22)
Winners of three straight, the Warriors are on a roll. How good has it been? Jermaine O’Neal had 23 and 13 against the Nets on Saturday. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Phoenix Suns (33-22)
9. Phoenix Suns (33-22)
Goran Dragic scored a season-high 35 points in a 115-112 home loss to Houston on Sunday. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
10. Dallas Mavericks (34-23)
10. Dallas Mavericks (34-23)
The Mavs have won eight of 10 but still rank near the bottom of the league in rebounding and scoring defense. Those will show against elite competition. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Memphis Grizzlies (31-24)
11. Memphis Grizzlies (31-24)
Two games back of a playoff spot, the Grizzlies have a very manageable schedule upcoming. Now they just need to do something about it. (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
12. Toronto Raptors (30-26)
12. Toronto Raptors (30-26)
Toronto has won five of six, mostly against Eastern Conference bottom-feeders (read: teams not based in Indianapolis or Miami). (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
13. Chicago Bulls (29-26)
13. Chicago Bulls (29-26)
The Bulls are one of just four teams in the Eastern Conference with a winning record. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
14. Washington Wizards (28-28)
14. Washington Wizards (28-28)
Washington is 14-14 both at home and on the road. They’re also in contention for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Brooklyn Nets (26-28)
15. Brooklyn Nets (26-28)
Congratulations to Jason Collins. This is an honor he’s earned. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Charlotte Bobcats (27-30)
16. Charlotte Bobcats (27-30)
Al Jefferson had scored in double figures in 19 straight games before finishing with six in a 92-89 win over Memphis on Saturday. In fact, he had scored 25+ points in 10 of his previous 12 games. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Atlanta Hawks (26-29)
17. Atlanta Hawks (26-29)
Atlanta has lost eight of its last ten and has stumbled from third to eighth in the East. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
18. Denver Nuggets (25-30)
18. Denver Nuggets (25-30)
Denver is 3-7 in February. Two of those wins came against Milwaukee. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kevin Love / (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. Minnesota Timberwolves (27-29)
Kevin Love had his first career triple-double on Saturday, finishing with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Jazz. The only question now is, which uniform will Love be wearing when he gets his second triple-double? (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
Kevin Love / (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. Utah Jazz (19-36)
20. Utah Jazz (19-36)
The Jazz alternated wins and losses in their first seven games after New Year’s. Then they lost two straight, won two straight, lost four straight, won three straight and are now riding a three-game losing streak. Fair enough. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. New Orleans Pelicans (23-32)
21. New Orleans Pelicans (23-32)
In their last three games – all losses – the Pelicans have allowed the opposing team’s leading scorer to score an average of 35 points. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
22. New York Knicks (21-35)
22. New York Knicks (21-35)
The Knicks have lost eight of 10 – and don’t blame Carmelo Anthony, who has scored 35+ in three of their last four losses. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. Cleveland Cavaliers (22-35)
23. Cleveland Cavaliers (22-35)
Kyrie Irving wow-ed at the All Star Game, but he’s shooting just 42.5 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from three-point range – both career lows. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
24. Detroit Pistons (23-33)
24. Detroit Pistons (23-33)
Detroit has lost four of five to fall a season-high 10 games under .500. (Photo by D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
25. Orlando Magic (17-41)
25. Orlando Magic (17-41)
Orlando has dropped four of five since beating Oklahoma City and Indiana in back-to-back games. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Boston Celtics (19-38)
26. Boston Celtics (19-38)
Rajon Rondo says the trade rumors get annoying at times. Well, that’s unfortunate – because they’re not going away any time soon. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
27. Sacramento Kings (20-36)
27. Sacramento Kings (20-36)
The Kings apparently signed Jason Terry to rehab his knee for the rest of the season. All righty then. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. Los Angeles Lakers (19-37)
28. Los Angeles Lakers (19-37)
Kobe will be out at least three more weeks. Does it really matter? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
29. Philadelphia 76ers (15-41)
29. Philadelphia 76ers (15-41)
Philadelphia has lost 10 straight games. Average margin of defeat? 20.3 points. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Milwaukee Bucks (10-45)
30. Milwaukee Bucks (10-45)
Ten wins, Milwaukee fans! Ten wins! (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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