Power Rankings: Spurs on top

Updated: November 13, 2012, 11:23 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, November 12

The season's first change at the top of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings sees the defending champs from Miami taking a two-spot drop.

LeBron James' Heat are looking up at the San Antonio Spurs as well as the NBA's only remaining unbeaten team -- indeed still the New York Knicks -- after the Heat were routed on the road for the second time this month Sunday night in Memphis.

There's certainly no shame in losing to the Grizzlies, who just climbed into the top five themselves in the so-called "human" rankings, but the Spurs and Knicks have vaulted into the top two slots. Which makes for some interesting showdowns this week with San Antonio poised to visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night and then play host to the Knicks on Thursday night.

In other notable upward moves, Denver (No. 22 to No. 8) and Philadelphia (No. 18 to No. 9) made the biggest leaps, with the L.A. Clippers (No. 5 to No. 4) and Oklahoma City (No. 7 to No. 6) rising slightly and the Lakers -- after winning a couple of games and hiring new coach Mike D'Antoni -- inching back into the top 10. Among the steepest falls: Milwaukee dropped from No. 4 to a more fitting No. 14, while Indiana sank from No. 9 to No. 15.

The rankings are compiled with ever-helpful dishing from ESPN Stats & Info and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself.

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