NBA Power Rankings – December 18, 2013

1. Indiana Pacers (20-3)
1. Indiana Pacers (20-3)
A statement win in December? You betcha. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Miami Heat (17-6)
2. Miami Heat (17-6)
You say it’s not a rivalry. Well, you might change your tune when Game 7 is in Indy. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (19-4)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (19-4)
Kevin Durant has scored 30+ points in three of his last five games, as the Thunder have won six straight and 14 of 15. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. Portland Trail Blazers (21-4)
4. Portland Trail Blazers (21-4)
Twenty-one threes against Philly? Needless to say, that’s a franchise record. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. San Antonio Spurs (19-4)
5. San Antonio Spurs (19-4)
Tim Duncan has recorded three straight double-doubles, averaging 19.3 point and 14 rebounds during that stretch. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Houston Rockets (16-9)
6. Houston Rockets (16-9)
The Rockets – thanks to a combined 60 points from James Harden – have beaten Golden State each of the last two Fridays. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (16-9)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (16-9)
Doc Rivers might be the classiest person – not coach, but person – in the NBA. The Clippers also went 4-3 on their seven-game road trip. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
8. Denver Nuggets (14-9)
8. Denver Nuggets (14-9)
Denver’s last three losses have all come to losing teams (Utah, Boston and Cleveland). (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Dallas Mavericks (13-9)
9. Dallas Mavericks (13-9)
Rough road week for the Mavs. They lost at Sacramento and couldn’t hold an 18-point lead at Golden State. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
10. Phoenix Suns (14-9)
10. Phoenix Suns (14-9)
The suddenly streaking Suns have won five straight. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
11. Golden State Warriors (13-12)
11. Golden State Warriors (13-12)
Stephan Curry might be the best shooter in the league, but he’s also led the Warriors in assists in eight straight games. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
12. Atlanta Hawks (12-12)
12. Atlanta Hawks (12-12)
The .500 Hawks are holding steady with that 3-seed. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
13. Los Angeles Lakers (11-12)
13. Los Angeles Lakers (11-12)
Kobe Bryant has committed 7+ turnovers in three of his first four games back. The Lakers are 1-3 during that span. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
14. New Orleans Pelicans (11-11)
14. New Orleans Pelicans (11-11)
Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis are keeping New Orleans relevant. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Minnesota Timberwolves (12-12)
15. Minnesota Timberwolves (12-12)
Not even 42 points from Kevin Love were enough to beat the Spurs in San Antonio. (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Memphis Grizzlies (10-13)
16. Memphis Grizzlies (10-13)
The offense just hasn’t been there. Memphis has lot four straight and six of seven. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Boston Celtics (11-14)
17. Boston Celtics (11-14)
Classy welcome home for Doc Rivers. In other news, Rajon Rondo could be back in January. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
18. Detroit Pistons (11-14)
18. Detroit Pistons (11-14)
Close but no cigar against Portland. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. Charlotte Bobcats (10-14)
19. Charlotte Bobcats (10-14)
Charlotte has been held under 100 points in 18 of its last 20 games. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. Washington Wizards (9-13)
20. Washington Wizards (9-13)
The Wizards have lost four straight – two in overtime, one by a point and one in which John Wall had 24 points and 12 assists. Ouch. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. Cleveland Cavaliers (9-14)
21. Cleveland Cavaliers (9-14)
The Cavs lost to Miami. Again. LeBron James was the leading scorer. Again. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
22. Toronto Raptors (9-13)
22. Toronto Raptors (9-13)
Toronto, which has won two straight and three of four, has a rough road trip upcoming – at Dallas, at Oklahoma City, at San Antonio and at New York. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
23. Brooklyn Nets (8-15)
23. Brooklyn Nets (8-15)
Brooklyn won three straight games last week – this after not winning even back-to-back games all season. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
24. Sacramento Kings (7-15)
24. Sacramento Kings (7-15)
Welcome to Sacramento, Rudy Gay. The Toronto transfer has scored 76 points in his first three games as a King. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
25. New York Knicks (7-16)
25. New York Knicks (7-16)
Over his last three games, Carmelo Anthony has averaged 30 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 assists. Even better? The Knicks won two of those three. (Photo by Reid B. Kelley/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Chicago Bulls (9-13)
26. Chicago Bulls (9-13)
The Bulls are 3-10 in their last 13 games. Just brutal. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
27. Orlando Magic (7-17)
27. Orlando Magic (7-17)
Orlando has lost eight of nine. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. Philadelphia 76ers (7-18)
28. Philadelphia 76ers (7-18)
Philly is 4-18 over its last 22 games. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (5-19)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (5-19)
Last place in the East. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
30. Utah Jazz (6-20)
30. Utah Jazz (6-20)
Last place in the West. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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