NBA Power Rankings – December 9, 2013

1. Indiana Pacers (18-3)
1. Indiana Pacers (18-3)
Think home court doesn’t matter? The Pacers’ last two losses have come on the road against the two best teams in the Western Conference – Portland and Oklahoma City. Of course, the loss to the Thunder came one night after Indy beat the Spurs in San Antonio – by 11, no less. This is still the best team in basketball. (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Miami Heat (16-5)
2. Miami Heat (16-5)
Wednesday’s game against the Pacers could have playoff implications (yes, I realize it’s December). (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (15-4)
3. Oklahoma City Thunder (15-4)
Kevin Durant (36 points, 10 rebounds) led the way in the win over Indiana. The Thunder have won 10 of 11 and are one of just two teams (the other being the Pacers) who are unbeaten at home. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
4. Portland Trail Blazers (17-4)
4. Portland Trail Blazers (17-4)
With wins over the Pacers and Thunder this week, Portland, which has won 15 of 17, is officially legit. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. San Antonio Spurs (14-4)
5. San Antonio Spurs (14-4)
San Antonio’s four losses have come to the Pacers, Thunder, Rockets and Pacers (i.e. young, athletic teams they’ll have to beat come playoff time). (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Houston Rockets (14-7)
6. Houston Rockets (14-7)
Omer Asik wants out and will likely get what he wants. My advice? Get over yourself. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (13-8)
7. Los Angeles Clippers (13-8)
Doc Rivers says his team lacks maturity. He’s right. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Golden State Warriors (12-9)
8. Golden State Warriors (12-9)
Rallying from 27 down to beat Toronto was pretty cool. Yes, it’s Toronto, but in the West, every game is going to count. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Dallas Mavericks (13-8)
9. Dallas Mavericks (13-8)
Dallas has struggled on the road this season (4-6) but took down the Trail Blazers in Portland on Saturday, this after Monta Ellis hit the game-winner from 21 feet as time expired. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
10. Denver Nuggets (12-8)
10. Denver Nuggets (12-8)
The Nuggets played five games last week – all on the road, all against losing teams – and went 3-2; 4-1 would have been better. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Atlanta Hawks (11-10)
11. Atlanta Hawks (11-10)
Congratulations are in order for Kyle Korver, who has now made at least one three-pointer in 90 straight games – an NBA record. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
12. Los Angeles Lakers (10-10)
12. Los Angeles Lakers (10-10)
He’s back. He had eight turnovers, but he’s back. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
13. Phoenix Suns (11-9)
13. Phoenix Suns (11-9)
You have to give props to the Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff. Neither has started a game this season, yet both are averaging double figures. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
14. Memphis Grizzlies (9-10)
14. Memphis Grizzlies (9-10)
Memphis has lost five of seven and isn’t getting the production it needs from Zach Randolph. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Boston Celtics (10-12)
15. Boston Celtics (10-12)
Boston’s 41-point rout of New York gave the Celtics their sixth win in their last eight games. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. New Orleans Pelicans (9-10)
16. New Orleans Pelicans (9-10)
New Orleans won three straight road games against losing teams and then lost two straight home games against winning teams. Good times. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (9-11)
17. Minnesota Timberwolves (9-11)
Minnesota has dropped seven of 11 and is suddenly the third-worst team in the West. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
18. Washington Wizards (9-10)
18. Washington Wizards (9-10)
The good? John Wall has scored 46 points in his last two games. The bad? He shot 14-of-37 (.378) from the floor. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
19. Chicago Bulls (8-10)
19. Chicago Bulls (8-10)
How bad is the East? The Bulls have lost seven of nine and are still the 8-seed. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
20. Detroit Pistons (10-11)
20. Detroit Pistons (10-11)
Detroit played Miami twice this week and won once. Most teams will take that. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. Charlotte Bobcats (9-11)
21. Charlotte Bobcats (9-11)
Second-best scoring defense, worst scoring offense. Meet in the middle, and you get a mediocre record, which Charlotte has. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
22. Cleveland Cavaliers (7-13)
22. Cleveland Cavaliers (7-13)
The Cavs are 6-3 at home and 1-10 on the road. I don’t care who the opponents are. That makes no sense. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. Toronto Raptors (7-12)
23. Toronto Raptors (7-12)
Bye-bye, Rudy Gay. The Raptors’ second-leading scorer is heading to Sacramento. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
24. Brooklyn Nets (6-14)
24. Brooklyn Nets (6-14)
Brooklyn hasn’t won a home game since Nov. 5 – and that came against the Jazz (also known as the worst team in the league). (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
25. Orlando Magic (6-13)
25. Orlando Magic (6-13)
Orlando is in the same boat as Cleveland: 5-5 at home, 1-9 on the road. (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Philadelphia 76ers (7-14)
26. Philadelphia 76ers (7-14)
See Orlando; 6-6 at home, 1-8 on the road. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
27. Sacramento Kings (5-13)
27. Sacramento Kings (5-13)
The move for Rudy Gay was a wise one. Now the Kings have two players to build around (this is assuming DeMarcus Cousins is actually someone you want to build around). (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
28. New York Knicks (5-14)
28. New York Knicks (5-14)
A 41-point loss to the Celtics? At home? Really? Starters Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Andrea Bargnani combined for two points on 1-of-19 shooting. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (4-16)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (4-16)
Milwaukee is battling it out with Utah for worst-team-in-the-league honors. (Photo by D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Utah Jazz (4-18)
30. Utah Jazz (4-18)
Utah’s 1-10 road record is tied with Cleveland for the worst in basketball. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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