NBA Power Rankings – December 2, 2013

1. Indiana Pacers (16-1)
1. Indiana Pacers (16-1)
The Pacers have been dominant but lead the Heat by just two games. They also have a brutal three-game stretch upcoming: at San Antonio, at Oklahoma City and against Miami – all in the span of four days. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Miami Heat (14-3)
2. Miami Heat (14-3)
LeBron beat the Cavs in Cleveland, and the Heat have won 10 straight games. Sounds about right. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (12-3)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (12-3)
Oklahoma City, which has won seven straight, beat the Spurs despite a 2-for-16 performance by Russell Westbrook. The Thunder may very well be the class of the West, records be damned. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. San Antonio Spurs (14-3)
4. San Antonio Spurs (14-3)
The Spurs’ 94-88 loss at Oklahoma City snapped an 11-game winning streak. It also showed that the Spurs will struggle with the Thunder come playoff time. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. Portland Trail Blazers (14-3)
5. Portland Trail Blazers (14-3)
The 11-game winning streak came to an end, but Portland can redeem itself with upcoming home games against Indiana (Monday) and Oklahoma City (Wednesday). (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Houston Rockets (13-5)
6. Houston Rockets (13-5)
The Rockets, who lead the league in scoring, put up 112 in a six-point road win over the Spurs. Houston has won five straight. (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (12-6)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (12-6)
J.J. Redick (15.8 points per game) could miss up to eight weeks with a broken right hand. Even worse, that’s his shooting hand. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Golden State Warriors (10-8)
8. Golden State Warriors (10-8)
The Warriors rank in the top 10 in the league in scoring offense, scoring defense, rebounds and assists. That’s impressive. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Dallas Mavericks (10-8)
9. Dallas Mavericks (10-8)
Dallas is 8-2 at home and 2-6 on the road. That six-win difference is the largest home/road split in the league. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
10. Denver Nuggets (10-6)
10. Denver Nuggets (10-6)
That’s five straight wins for Denver, which is averaging 104.5 points per game – sixth best in the league. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Memphis Grizzlies (8-8)
11. Memphis Grizzlies (8-8)
Zach Randolph averaged 24.3 points in the Grizzlies’ recent four-game winning streak. Then he averaged 14 over his next three games before missing Saturday’s game against Brooklyn with an ingrown toe nail. Memphis went 1-3 during that stretch. Moral of the story? Memphis goes as Randolph goes. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
12. Atlanta Hawks (9-9)
12. Atlanta Hawks (9-9)
A .500 record is good enough for the 3-seed in the East. In the West, that’s not even enough to make the playoffs. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
13. Los Angeles Lakers (9-9)
13. Los Angeles Lakers (9-9)
It remains to be seen how much Kobe Bryant can help the Lakers, but at this point, it’s safe to say he couldn’t hurt. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
14. Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10)
14. Minnesota Timberwolves (9-10)
That 5-2 start seems like a long time ago. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Chicago Bulls (7-8)
15. Chicago Bulls (7-8)
The Bulls are 1-3 since Derrick Rose tore his meniscus. How bad has it been? One of those losses came to the Jazz. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. New Orleans Pelicans (8-8)
16. New Orleans Pelicans (8-8)
Ryan Anderson scored 31 points in 36 minutes in a 103-99 win over the Knicks on Sunday. The 25-year-old is averaging 19 points per game. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Washington Wizards (8-9)
17. Washington Wizards (8-9)
John Wall has scored between 26 and 37 points in four of his last six games. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
18. Phoenix Suns (9-8)
18. Phoenix Suns (9-8)
The Suns have lost six of their last 10, including a home game against the Jazz. It appears that 5-2 start was the mirage everyone thought it was. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. Charlotte Bobcats (8-10)
19. Charlotte Bobcats (8-10)
You know Michael Jordan hates losing to LeBron and the Heat. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
20. Toronto Raptors (6-10)
20. Toronto Raptors (6-10)
Toronto is 0-2 in overtime and has lost two other games by two points. The difference between 6-10 and 10-6 isn’t all that great. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. Detroit Pistons (7-10)
21. Detroit Pistons (7-10)
The Pistons have allowed 100+ points in four of their last five losses. They allowed 99 in the other. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
22. Cleveland Cavaliers (5-12)
22. Cleveland Cavaliers (5-12)
There was more cheering and less booing this time around for LeBron, but the Cavs need to be markedly better if they think they have a legitimate shot at wooing James this offseason. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. Boston Celtics (7-12)
23. Boston Celtics (7-12)
Jeff Green has reached double figures in seven straight games, during which he is averaging 20.4 points per game. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
24. Brooklyn Nets (5-12)
24. Brooklyn Nets (5-12)
At least Jason Kidd had a sense of humor about it. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
25. Orlando Magic (6-10)
25. Orlando Magic (6-10)
After scoring just nine points in a season-opening loss to Indiana, Arron Afflalo has reached double figures in 15 straight games In fact, he averaged 21.8 points in November. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Philadelphia 76ers (6-12)
26. Philadelphia 76ers (6-12)
The 76ers have lost eight of nine. The only win came at home against Milwaukee in overtime. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
27. Sacramento Kings (4-11)
27. Sacramento Kings (4-11)
DeMarcus Cousins apparently doesn’t like J.J. Redick. Good to know. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. New York Knicks (3-13)
28. New York Knicks (3-13)
Nine straight losses. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (3-13)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (3-13)
Milwaukee’s three wins have come against Boston (twice) and Cleveland – teams with a combined 12-24 record. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Utah Jazz (3-15)
30. Utah Jazz (3-15)
After winning at Phoenix, the Jazz are now 1-9 on the road. Good times. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
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