NBA Power Rankings – March 18, 2014

1. San Antonio Spurs (50-16)
1. San Antonio Spurs (50-16)
First to 50. That’s 10 straight wins. (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Los Angeles Clippers (48-20)
2. Los Angeles Clippers (48-20)
The Clippers have won 11 straight, mainly because of Blake Griffin, who averaged 30.0 points per game in February and is averaging 25.1 points in March. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
3. Indiana Pacers (49-17)
3. Indiana Pacers (49-17)
On the one hand, the Pacers rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat the Pistons. On the other hand, the Pacers were down by 25 points to the Pistons. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (48-18)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (48-18)
Oklahoma City is 5-6 in its last 11 games. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
5. Miami Heat (45-19)
5. Miami Heat (45-19)
It’s been a little downhill since 61. The Heat have lost five of seven and looked just all right in a 113-104 win over Houston on Sunday. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
6. Houston Rockets (44-22)
6. Houston Rockets (44-22)
Not a fan of expectations? Houston has suddenly lost three straight. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
7. Golden State Warriors (42-26)
7. Golden State Warriors (42-26)
After losing at home to Cleveland on Friday, the Warriors gutted out a 113-112 win over the Trail Blazers in Portland on Sunday. Stephen Curry scored 37 in the win.(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
8. Dallas Mavericks (39-27)
8. Dallas Mavericks (39-27)
Dallas beat Oklahoma City on Sunday to snap an 11-game losing streak to the Thunder. (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
9. Chicago Bulls (37-29)
9. Chicago Bulls (37-29)
Forget LeBron and Durant. Joakim Noah has been the best player in the league – in March, anyway. Noah is averaging 14.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 steals this month. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
10. Portland Trail Blazers (43-24)
10. Portland Trail Blazers (43-24)
Portland has had two rough stretches in as many months. The Trail Blazers went 2-5 in early-mid February and 2-6 in early-mid March. (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)
11. Toronto Raptors (37-28)
11. Toronto Raptors (37-28)
Toronto, which has won eight of 11, is a safe bet to retain home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
12. Memphis Grizzlies (39-27)
12. Memphis Grizzlies (39-27)
Memphis, 7-3 in its last 10 games, is clinging to the eighth seed in the West. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
13. Phoenix Suns (38-28)
13. Phoenix Suns (38-28)
At this point, every game counts for Phoenix, which is one game back of Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
14. Washington Wizards (35-31)
14. Washington Wizards (35-31)
The Wizards rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to stun Brooklyn on Saturday, as John Wall finished with 33 points. Washington is 10-3 in its last 13 games. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
15. Brooklyn Nets (33-31)
15. Brooklyn Nets (33-31)
Saturday’s loss to the Wizards notwithstanding, the Nets are playing good basketball. They’re 23-10 since New Year’s and haven’t lost at home since January 31 against Oklahoma City. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (33-32)
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (33-32)
With the playoffs out of the picture, the Timberwolves are seeking their first winning season since 2004-05, when they went 44-38. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
17. Charlotte Bobcats (33-34)
17. Charlotte Bobcats (33-34)
Al Jefferson has finished with 25+ points and 10+ rebounds in three straight games last week – all wins. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
18. Atlanta Hawks (29-35)
18. Atlanta Hawks (29-35)
After an absolutely brutal 1-14 stretch, the Hawks have won three straight – all against losing teams (Utah, Milwaukee and Denver). Still, as of now, they’re a playoff team. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
19. New Orleans Pelicans (27-39)
19. New Orleans Pelicans (27-39)
New Orleans notched its fourth three-game winning streak of the season last week, beating the Lakers, Nuggets and Bucks. All four winning streaks have come against losing teams. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
20. New York Knicks (27-40)
20. New York Knicks (27-40)
Phil Jackson arrives to a six-game winning streak. Nothing wrong with that. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
21. Cleveland Cavaliers (26-41)
21. Cleveland Cavaliers (26-41)
Not counting two wins separated by the All-Star Break, the Cavs won back-to-back road games last week (at Phoenix and at Golden State) for the first time all season. Then they lost by 22 to the Clippers on Sunday. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
22. Los Angeles Lakers (22-44)
22. Los Angeles Lakers (22-44)
You can be mad at Steve Nash if you want, but you shouldn’t be. Come on. What would you do? (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
23. Denver Nuggets (29-37)
23. Denver Nuggets (29-37)
On Feb. 5, the Nuggets were 24-23. They’ve since gone 5-14. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
24. Detroit Pistons (25-41)
24. Detroit Pistons (25-41)
Squandering a 25-point lead at home – even against the Pacers – is unacceptable. Detroit is now allowing 103.7 points per game – 27th in the NBA. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
25. Utah Jazz (22-45)
25. Utah Jazz (22-45)
Utah is 1-9 in its last 10 games – with the one win coming against Philadelphia. (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
26. Sacramento Kings (23-44)
26. Sacramento Kings (23-44)
Sacramento is last in the league in assists. We’ll call this the “The DeMarcus Cousins” effect. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
27. Boston Celtics (22-45)
27. Boston Celtics (22-45)
As Bad as the Celtics have been at home this year (14-21), they’ve been awful on the road (8-24). (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
28. Orlando Magic (19-48)
28. Orlando Magic (19-48)
Five straight losses, and another lottery ticket upcoming. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (13-54)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (13-54)
Milwaukee hasn’t beaten a winning team all season. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (15-51)
30. Philadelphia 76ers (15-51)
Twenty straight losses. A new franchise record. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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