NBA Power Rankings – January 20, 2014

1. Indiana Pacers (32-7)
1. Indiana Pacers (32-7)
The No. 1 seed is officially Indiana’s to lose. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Portland Trail Blazers (31-9)
2. Portland Trail Blazers (31-9)
Portland is 4-0 against the Spurs and Thunder. Just saying. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. San Antonio Spurs (32-9)
3. San Antonio Spurs (32-9)
Gregg Popovich was ejected in the third quarter of the Spurs’ 109-100 loss to Portland last Friday. He was probably just trying to avoid the pre-fourth quarter interview. (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (31-10)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (31-10)
Kevin Durant has scored 48+ points three times since Jan. 4, including a career-high 54 in a win against Golden State on Friday. That’s big time. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. Miami Heat (29-11)
5. Miami Heat (29-11)
After losing three straight games – all to losing teams – it’s safe to say the Heat lack any sense of hunger or urgency at this point in the season. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
6. Golden State Warriors (26-16)
6. Golden State Warriors (26-16)
The Warriors are 12-3 over their last 15 games, but Monday’s home game against the Pacers will be telling. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (28-14)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (28-14)
The Clippers are 7-2 since New Year’s. They’re 0-2 against the Spurs and Pacers – losing by a combined 38 points – and 7-0 against everyone else. This team is not elite yet – with or without Chris Paul. (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Houston Rockets (27-15)
8. Houston Rockets (27-15)
The Rockets have won six of eight, but let’s see how they fare at home against Portland on Monday. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Dallas Mavericks (24-18)
9. Dallas Mavericks (24-18)
Love him or hate him, Mark Cuban is always entertaining. That’s 20 fines since 2000. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
10. Atlanta Hawks (20-19)
10. Atlanta Hawks (20-19)
Atlanta is 2-5 since New Year’s. They’re holding on to the No. 4 seed, but just barely. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Toronto Raptors (20-19)
11. Toronto Raptors (20-19)
Props to Toronto, especially Kyle Lowry. This team is 14-7 since trading Rudy Gay. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
12. Phoenix Suns (23-17)
12. Phoenix Suns (23-17)
Phoenix has lost four of six – all by five points or fewer. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
13. Denver Nuggets (20-20)
13. Denver Nuggets (20-20)
After beating Oklahoma City and Golden State in a six-day span, the Nuggets lost at home to Cleveland. That can’t happen. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
14. Memphis Grizzlies (20-19)
14. Memphis Grizzlies (20-19)
Memphis is the only team in the league that has both a winning record on the road and a losing record at home. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-21)
15. Minnesota Timberwolves (19-21)
Saturday blowout win over the Jazz snapped a season-high three game losing streak. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Chicago Bulls (19-20)
16. Chicago Bulls (19-20)
To Bulls fans complaining about Jimmy Butler’s 60-minute game against the Magic last Wednesday: Derrick Rose is hurt, and Luol Deng was traded. At this point, who exactly do you want Tom Thibodeau to play? And hey, the Bulls won. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Brooklyn Nets (16-22)
17. Brooklyn Nets (16-22)
Joe Johnson is 2-0 against his former team, the Hawks, and has scored the game-high both times. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
18. Washington Wizards (19-20)
18. Washington Wizards (19-20)
The Wizards have had three three-game winning streaks this season. That fourth win is proving elusive. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. Detroit Pistons (17-23)
19. Detroit Pistons (17-23)
Detroit has won three of four – this after dropping eight of nine. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. New Orleans Pelicans (15-24)
20. New Orleans Pelicans (15-24)
Jason Smith (knee) joins Ryan Anderson (herniated disk) and Jrue Holiday (shin) on a growing list of ailing Pelicans. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
21. Utah Jazz (14-28)
21. Utah Jazz (14-28)
Trey Burke finished with 20 points and a career-high 12 assists in a 110-89 win in Detroit last Friday. It’s scary to think he’s only 21.(Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
22. Charlotte Bobcats (17-25)
22. Charlotte Bobcats (17-25)
The Bobcats started the season 7-7. They’re 10-18 since. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. New York Knicks (15-25)
23. New York Knicks (15-25)
The Knicks were finally starting to play semi-respectable basketball. Now they’ll be without Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin for the next two weeks. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
24. Cleveland Cavaliers (15-25)
24. Cleveland Cavaliers (15-25)
The Cavs are the only non-playoff team in the Eastern Conference with a winning record at home. So there’s that. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
25. Los Angeles Lakers (16-25)
25. Los Angeles Lakers (16-25)
Kobe Bryant, who has been sidelined with a left knee injury since Dec. 17, says he intends to come back this season. Why? (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
26. Sacramento Kings (14-24)
26. Sacramento Kings (14-24)
Isaiah Thomas had 38 points and six assists on Sunday – and the Kings still lost to the Thunder by 15. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
27. Boston Celtics (14-28)
27. Boston Celtics (14-28)
Once 10-12, the Celtics have lost 16 of 20. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
28. Philadelphia 76ers (13-27)
28. Philadelphia 76ers (13-27)
Since winning four straight out West, the Sixers have lost six of seven. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
29. Orlando Magic (11-30)
29. Orlando Magic (11-30)
Orlando, which has lost 10 of 11, has the worst road record in the league (3-17). (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Milwaukee Bucks (7-33)
30. Milwaukee Bucks (7-33)
Worst team in basketball. Still. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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