Power Rankings: Hawks' hot streak

Updated: January 19, 2015, 4:19 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Jan. 19

The Seattle Seahawks are headed to a second straight Super Bowl, true, but you mustn't forget that a healthy slice of this sporting winter continues to belong to the Atlanta Hawks.

Entering their Martin Luther King Day matchup with the Detroit Pistons on ESPN, basketball's Hawks are reveling in their third successive Monday atop ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings, having racked up four more wins last week to stretch their current unbeaten run to a dozen games.

The Hawks have also won 12 in a row on the road after sweeping what was supposed to be an ominous back-to-back in Chicago and Toronto. They're just the fourth team in the new millennium to win 12 consecutive roadies, joining Allen Iverson's 2000-01 Philadelphia 76ers and LeBron James' Miami Heat in both 2010-11 and 2012-13.

As a result, Golden State remains parked in the No. 2 slot, despite sporting the league's best record (32-6) and a nightly point margin that remains in double digits (plus-10.9) even after Friday night's rare slip-up in Oklahoma City. The Hawks continue to make things largely automatic at the top for the Power Rankings committee (of one), sporting that 26-2 record since Thanksgiving and ranking tops in the league in defensive efficiency (allowing just 96.3 points per 100 possessions) in that span as they begin a seven-game homestand for the rest of the month.

We'll delve further into the order -- Washington's rise, Chicago's fall and the ongoing overall dominance of the West -- on Stein Line Live. You can comment below on our 1-to-30 order, which as always was compiled with data and research assistance from our friends at ESPN Stats & Info and the Elias Sports Bureau.

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