Mavs climbing back toward top of rankings

One big trade and a couple quality wins – over Phoenix at home and on the road in Orlando – have nudged the Mavericks back up to No. 7 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

Since reaching the No. 5 slot on Jan. 11, Dallas has been No. 8 or lower on four of the past five Mondays. The Mavs were No. 9 last week.

This week’s Mavs comment:

"One more reason to like the Mavs' trade: The race for No. 2 in the West, which for so long looked to be a two-team race between Denver and Dallas, is suddenly a four-team jumble thanks to the rise of Utah and OKC."