NBA Power Rankings – January 1, 2014

1. Indiana Pacers (24-5)
1. Indiana Pacers (24-5)
The Pacers are 4-0 since losing to Miami, with Paul George scoring 24+ points in each win. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Miami Heat (23-7)
2. Miami Heat (23-7)
Chris Bosh’s monster game in Portland – 37 points, 10 rebounds and the game-winning three-pointer – shows just how valuable he is. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Portland Trail Blazers (24-6)
3. Portland Trail Blazers (24-6)
The Blazers have been great this season, but facing the Heat without LeBron James is a game you’d expect them to win, especially at home. They didn’t. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (25-5)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (25-5)
Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) won’t be back until after the All-Star break, which ups the ante for Kevin Durant. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. San Antonio Spurs (24-7)
5. San Antonio Spurs (24-7)
With a season-high 28 points against Sacramento, Manu Ginobili looked 26 – not 36. (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Los Angeles Clippers (21-11)
6. Los Angeles Clippers (21-11)
Blake Griffin’s season-high 40 points were more than enough to take down the Jazz. (Photo credit FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
7. Houston Rockets (21-12)
7. Houston Rockets (21-12)
The Thunder are darn good, but a 31-point loss? Really? (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Phoenix Suns (18-11)
8. Phoenix Suns (18-11)
Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Miles Plumlee have helped the surprising Suns win nine of 11. (Photo credit FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
9. Golden State Warriors (19-13)
9. Golden State Warriors (19-13)
If Stephen Curry isn’t an All-Star, something is wrong with the NBA. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
10. Dallas Mavericks (17-13)
10. Dallas Mavericks (17-13)
Dallas is 4-5 over its last nine games – and only one of those wins came against a winning team. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Atlanta Hawks (17-14)
11. Atlanta Hawks (17-14)
Unfortunately for the Hawks, Al Horford (torn pec) is out indefinitely. Fortunately for the Hawks, they play in the Eastern Conference – so it might not matter. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
12. Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15)
12. Minnesota Timberwolves (15-15)
Second in scoring and second in rebounding, the Timberwolves are hanging around. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
13. New Orleans Pelicans (13-15)
13. New Orleans Pelicans (13-15)
Anthony Davis’ 18 points and 16 rebounds weren’t enough against Houston on Saturday, mainly because Dwight Howard had 24 and 18. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
14. Toronto Raptors (13-15)
14. Toronto Raptors (13-15)
Toronto swept a home-and-home against the Knicks this weekend thanks to Kyle Lowry, who had season-highs in points (32) and assists (11) in a 115-100 win on Saturday. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Denver Nuggets (14-15)
15. Denver Nuggets (14-15)
With six straight losses, the wheels have officially come off. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Memphis Grizzlies (13-16)
16. Memphis Grizzlies (13-16)
Memphis, which had lost five straight, has taken three of four. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Washington Wizards (13-14)
17. Washington Wizards (13-14)
The Wizards are 4-1 in their last five games – 4-0 against the Eastern Conference and 0-1 against the West (Minnesota). (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
18. Los Angeles Lakers (13-18)
18. Los Angeles Lakers (13-18)
The Lakers are 1-5 since Kobe Bryant’s knee injury. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. Charlotte Bobcats (14-17)
19. Charlotte Bobcats (14-17)
Charlotte has dropped three of four – all by four points or fewer. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. Detroit Pistons (14-18)
20. Detroit Pistons (14-18)
Detroit is 2-4 since its stunning win at Indiana. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. Boston Celtics (13-17)
21. Boston Celtics (13-17)
The Celtics can’t score, can’t rebound and are dead last in the league in assists – but they can defend. Boston is 3-5 in its last eight games, with all three wins coming by four points or fewer. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
22. Cleveland Cavaliers (10-20)
22. Cleveland Cavaliers (10-20)
Andrew Bynum has officially become a problem. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
23. Chicago Bulls (11-17)
23. Chicago Bulls (11-17)
The Bulls are last in the league in scoring. Derrick, where art thou? (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
24. Orlando Magic (10-20)
24. Orlando Magic (10-20)
With wins over Detroit and Atlanta, the Magic have won consecutive games for the first time in more than a month. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
25. Brooklyn Nets (10-20)
25. Brooklyn Nets (10-20)
After losing Brook Lopez (20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks) for the season, just making the playoffs would be a minor miracle. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
26. Sacramento Kings (9-20)
26. Sacramento Kings (9-20)
Beating the Heat – even with Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen sitting – will probably be the Kings’ most impressive win of the season. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
27. New York Knicks (9-21)
27. New York Knicks (9-21)
The Knicks have beaten just one winning team all season – Atlanta (twice). The Hawks entered both games one game above .500. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
28. Utah Jazz (9-24)
28. Utah Jazz (9-24)
The Jazz are 5-5 in the last 10 games in which Trey Burke has played – and 5-3 when he scores more than three points. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
29. Philadelphia 76ers (9-21)
29. Philadelphia 76ers (9-21)
Philadelphia beat the Lakers, who were playing without Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, in Los Angeles on Sunday. It was the 76ers’ first road win since beating Washington in the second game of the season. Both wins were by seven points. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Milwaukee Bucks (6-24)
30. Milwaukee Bucks (6-24)
Officially the worst team in the league. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
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