NBA Power Rankings – April 14, 2014

1. San Antonio Spurs (62-18)
1. San Antonio Spurs (62-18)
The Spurs’ 21-point comeback against Phoenix clinched the best record in the NBA. San Antonio is 24-3 since All-Star break. (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (58-22)
2. Oklahoma City Thunder (58-22)
The Thunder have allowed more than 100 points in each of their last 11 losses. In fact, they’ve allowed an average of 114.5. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (56-24)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (56-24)
At 107.9 points per game, the Clippers have the best offense in basketball. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. Indiana Pacers (55-26)
4. Indiana Pacers (55-26)
As bad as the Pacers have been (9-13 in their last 22 games) they can wrap up the 1-seed with a win at Orlando on Wednesday – and make the Eastern Conference playoffs a whole lot more interesting. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. Miami Heat (54-26)
5. Miami Heat (54-26)
Miami, which has dropped three of four and four of six, clearly does not want the 1-seed in the East. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Houston Rockets (53-27)
6. Houston Rockets (53-27)
The Rockets have been up-and-down lately – 5-5 in their last 10 games – but they should hang on for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Chicago Bulls (47-33)
7. Chicago Bulls (47-33)
Chicago, which has won seven of eight, is going to make life very difficult for the Pacers or Heat in the coming weeks. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Golden State Warriors (49-31)
8. Golden State Warriors (49-31)
Stephen Curry’s triple-double against the Lakers has the Warriors back in the playoffs for the second straight season. Unfortunately, his 47 points weren’t enough to beat Portland on Sunday. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Brooklyn Nets (44-36)
9. Brooklyn Nets (44-36)
Paul Piece is now the 18th member of the 25,000-point club. That’s elite company. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
10. Portland Trail Blazers (53-28)
10. Portland Trail Blazers (53-28)
Portland has won eight of nine. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Dallas Mavericks (49-32)
11. Dallas Mavericks (49-32)
The good news? The Mavs clinched a playoff spot. The bad news? They’re probably playing Oklahoma City in the first round. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
12. Toronto Raptors (47-33)
12. Toronto Raptors (47-33)
The Raptors fell to fourth in the Eastern Conference but still have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
13. Memphis Grizzlies (48-32)
13. Memphis Grizzlies (48-32)
Monday’s game against Phoenix will likely decide which team makes the playoffs. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
14. Phoenix Suns (47-33)
14. Phoenix Suns (47-33)
Monday’s game against Memphis will likely decide which team makes the playoffs. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Image
15. Washington Wizards (42-38)
15. Washington Wizards (42-38)
Washington is 21-19 at home and 21-19 on the road. That’s amazing. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Charlotte Bobcats (41-39)
16. Charlotte Bobcats (41-39)
Al Jefferson, with averages of 21.9 points and 10.7 rebounds, is officially the most underrated player in basketball. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (40-40)
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (40-40)
Corey Brewer scored 51 points against a Western Conference playoff team. Much respect. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
18. Atlanta Hawks (37-43)
18. Atlanta Hawks (37-43)
Few teams were as bad as Atlanta over the last two months. No matter. The Hawks are in the playoffs. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. Denver Nuggets (36-44)
19. Denver Nuggets (36-44)
It’s hard to believe that a team that ranks second in the NBA rebounding – and in the top 10 in scoring – can miss the playoffs. Then again, that’s what happens when you allow 106.3 points per game. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. New York Knicks (35-45)
20. New York Knicks (35-45)
From the 2-seed in the East to missing the playoffs – all in one year. Good luck, Phil. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. New Orleans Pelicans (32-48)
21. New Orleans Pelicans (32-48)
Eight straight losses.(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Image
22. Cleveland Cavaliers (32-49)
22. Cleveland Cavaliers (32-49)
The Cavs rank outside the top 20 in basketball in scoring and assists. Kyrie Irving needs to either pass more or shoot better than 42.9 percent from the floor. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. Detroit Pistons (29-52)
23. Detroit Pistons (29-52)
Can the Pistons break 30 wins? Probably not, especially since they end the season in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
24. Sacramento Kings (28-53)
24. Sacramento Kings (28-53)
DeMarcus Cousins went off for 35 and 15 against Kevin Love and the Timberwolves on Sunday, leading the Kings to a 106-103 win. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
25. Los Angeles Lakers (25-55)
25. Los Angeles Lakers (25-55)
Record-wise, this is the worst Lakers team in franchise history. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Boston Celtics (25-55)
26. Boston Celtics (25-55)
After nine straight losses, two straight wins. Whoa. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
27. Utah Jazz (24-56)
27. Utah Jazz (24-56)
Utah, which has lost four straight and nine of 10, is a modest 38 games behind the Spurs. I don’t think the Jazz will catch them. (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. Orlando Magic (23-57)
28. Orlando Magic (23-57)
Will Orlando play spoiler on Wednesday against Indianapolis? Nah, probably not. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (15-65)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (15-65)
Milwaukee has lost eight of 10. It just needs to end. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (17-63)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (17-63)
Philly has lost eight of 10. It just needs to end. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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