The lopsided end to the Mavericks’ 13-game winning streak came with a cost in ESPN.com’s weekly NBA Power Rankings.
After reaching a season-high No. 2 last Monday, Dallas has tumbled back to No. 5 after the 128-94 rout at home, passed up by the Cavaliers (No. 3 to No. 1), Lakers (No. 4 to No. 3) and Nuggets (No. 5 to No. 4).
The rankings can be found in their entirety here. This week’s Mavs comment:
“A heinous final score against the Knicks and the resulting splat of their win streak don't bug the Mavs nearly as much as their repeated slow starts and how they've lost twice as many home games as the Lakers or Nuggets.”