Mavericks up to No. 2 in weekly rankings

Last week’s statement wins on the road in Oklahoma City and San Antonio and a home thumping of Miami shot the Mavericks to a season-high No. 2 in ESPN.com’s weekly NBA Power Rankings.

The Mavs moved up four spots from No. 6 and were only denied the top spot by the Spurs -- despite winning on the Spurs’ floor -- because it was San Antonio’s first loss in 13 games … and because San Antonio sandwiched its loss to Dallas with a home win over Orlando and a W in New Orleans that ended the Hornets’ unbeaten start at home.

This week’s Mavs comment:

“Seminal week in the Big D: Mavs sweep four games in five nights for just the third time in team history ... and The Sports Guy launches a passionate Dirk4MVP campaign on his podcast that sees us trying to calm him down.”