NBA Power Rankings – April 8, 2014

1. San Antonio Spurs (60-17)
1. San Antonio Spurs (60-17)
The streak had to end sometime. Still, that’s 20 wins in 21 games. The road to the Finals goes through San Antonio... (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (55-21)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (55-21)
...Or does it? The Spurs are 0-4 against Oklahoma City this year. Kevin Durant, meanwhile, has scored 25+ points in 41 straight games – the longest streak in the NBA since 1963-64 (Oscar Robertson, 46). (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (55-23)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (55-23)
The Clippers are 18-3 in their last 21 games. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. Miami Heat (53-23)
4. Miami Heat (53-23)
The Heat beat the Knicks on Sunday in a possible playoff preview, but Dwyane Wade missing his sixth straight game is a tad disconcerting. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. Houston Rockets (51-25)
5. Houston Rockets (51-25)
James Harden scored 39 points in a 111-107 win over the Thunder on Friday. A playoff series between these two teams would be must-see TV. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Indiana Pacers (53-25)
6. Indiana Pacers (53-25)
No one knows what’s wrong. Even worse, no one seems to have any answers. The Pacers have lost 12 of their last 21 games and trailed Atlanta 55-23 at halftime on Sunday – in Indianapolis. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Chicago Bulls (45-32)
7. Chicago Bulls (45-32)
Winners of five straight, Chicago – not Indiana – leads the league in scoring defense (91.6). Of course, the Bulls are still last in scoring offense (93.4), but who’s counting? (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Golden State Warriors (48-29)
8. Golden State Warriors (48-29)
The assistant coaches are dropping like flies – that’s two in as many weeks – but the wins keep coming. Golden State has solidified its status as Western Conference playoff team – and this year, that’s saying something. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Brooklyn Nets (42-34)
9. Brooklyn Nets (42-34)
Kevin Garnett, who had missed 19 games due to back spasms, returned to action Saturday, scoring 10 points in a 105-101 victory over the Sixers. Garnett’s production will help in the playoffs, but at this point, his presence is his most valuable asset. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
10. Dallas Mavericks (47-31)
10. Dallas Mavericks (47-31)
Dirk Nowitzki passed Lenny Wilkens for 11th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list last Friday, netting 27 points in a 107-95 win over the Lakers. Nowitzki has now passed six players this season. Best European player of all time? You better believe it. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Toronto Raptors (45-32)
11. Toronto Raptors (45-32)
Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas combined to score 46 points in Toronto’s 102-94 win over the Pacers on Friday. The Raptors have won three straight and six of seven. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
12. Portland Trail Blazers (50-28)
12. Portland Trail Blazers (50-28)
Once 31-9, Portland is 19-17 ever since. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
13. Phoenix Suns (46-31)
13. Phoenix Suns (46-31)
Sunday’s win over Oklahoma City has the Suns in the playoffs. Now let’s see if they stay there. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
14. Memphis Grizzlies (45-32)
14. Memphis Grizzlies (45-32)
All five starters scored in double figures in Friday’s 100-92 win over Denver – a good sign for a team fighting for its playoff life. But scoring just 10 points in the first quarter against the Spurs on Sunday? Yeah, not so much. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Washington Wizards (40-37)
15. Washington Wizards (40-37)
How much better has John Wall been this year? The 23-year-old leads the Wizards in points (19.8), assists (8.7) and steals (1.9). (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Charlotte Bobcats (39-38)
16. Charlotte Bobcats (39-38)
The Bobcats are in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history – and the first time since 2010. (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (38-38)
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (38-38)
Two days after being arrested and charged with domestic assault, Dante Cunningham returned to action against Orlando, finishing with 12 points and six rebounds in a 100-92 loss. Fun times all around. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
18. New York Knicks (33-45)
18. New York Knicks (33-45)
J.R. Smith made 10 threes on Sunday, and the Knicks still lost to the Heat. Wow. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. Atlanta Hawks (34-42)
19. Atlanta Hawks (34-42)
Once 25-21, Atlanta is 9-21 in its last 30 games. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. New Orleans Pelicans (32-45)
20. New Orleans Pelicans (32-45)
After five straight wins, five straight losses. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-47)
21. Cleveland Cavaliers (31-47)
Kyrie Irving called out the media before dropping a career-high 44 points against Charlotte in a losing effort on Saturday. The Cavs can offer Irving, 22, a max contract this summer. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
22. Denver Nuggets (33-44)
22. Denver Nuggets (33-44)
Denver has lost six of seven. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. Detroit Pistons (28-49)
23. Detroit Pistons (28-49)
With the playoffs officially out of reach, Detroit has some decisions to make this offseason. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
24. Sacramento Kings (27-50)
24. Sacramento Kings (27-50)
Still last in assists, still among the worst in scoring defense. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
25. Los Angeles Lakers (25-52)
25. Los Angeles Lakers (25-52)
Sunday’s staters against the Clippers? Those would be Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly, Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks and Kent Bazemore. Yup, that was a real thing. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Utah Jazz (24-53)
26. Utah Jazz (24-53)
Utah’s win over New Orleans on Friday ended a five-game skid. Here’s hoping Sunday’s loss to the Warriors didn’t start another one. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
27. Boston Celtics (23-54)
27. Boston Celtics (23-54)
With eight straight losses, Brad Steven’s first NBA season can’t end quickly enough. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. Orlando Magic (22-55)
28. Orlando Magic (22-55)
Philadelphia (eight) has twice as many road wins as Orlando (four). Think about that. (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (14-63)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (14-63)
Larry Sanders believes in marijuana. Perhaps he should believe a little more in winning – and also not getting into fights at Milwaukee nightclubs. Wait, Milwaukee has nightclubs? (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (17-60)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (17-60)
After winning two of its last five games, Philly is now 2-29 in its last 31 games. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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