Power Rankings: Thunder new No. 1

Updated: January 15, 2013, 7:24 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Jan. 14

The consensus top three teams in the NBA all stumbled to humbling losses last week.

The top spot in the latest edition of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings thus goes to the team in that Clippers-Thunder-Spurs trio that made the swiftest, biggest rebound.

Oklahoma City.

The league's leaders in nightly average point margin (plus-9.1) responded to their narrow defeat at lowly Washington last Monday by pulverizing the Lakers in L.A. and winning Sunday night in Portland, where the rebuilding Blazers have made it tougher on visiting teams than anyone imagined coming into the season.

That enabled the Thunder to snag the No. 1 slot for just the second time this season, dropping the Los Angeles Clippers to No. 2 after a three-week run at the top and leaving San Antonio stuck at No. 3. The Clips' home defeat to slumping Orlando and the Spurs' earlier L in New Orleans, combined with the loss of Manu Ginobili, clinched OKC's rise.

The other notable movement in our latest top 10 sees Denver rising to a season-high No. 4, Indiana climbing to No. 7 and Brooklyn -- thanks to its 8-1 start under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo -- returning to the upper third for the first time since Dec. 3 at No. 10.

The rankings, as always, were compiled with peerless assisting from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself.

Also, check out John Hollinger's daily Power Rankings.

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