Power Rankings: Rockets blast off

Updated: November 17, 2014, 5:13 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Nov. 17

It wasn't an easy decision given the way they struggled against outmanned Philadelphia and injury-ravaged Oklahoma City, but the Houston Rockets have nosed into the top spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

Golden State's home loss to San Antonio, in a real statement opportunity, created an opening for the Rockets, whose 3-0 week nudged them past Memphis for the No. 1 ranking heading into Monday night's Rockets at Grizzlies showdown opposite Steelers at Titans.

Other notable movers include the Spurs (back to up to No. 4 from No. 7), Damian Lillard's Portland Trail Blazers (No. 9 to No. 5), LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 14 to No. 6) and, conversely, Miami's slide from No. 5 to No. 15 in the wake of three poor performances.

A more detailed look at this week's order can be found on Stein Line Live. And you can comment below on this week's 1-to-30 ladder, which, as always, was assembled with the ever-supporting dishing we get from ESPN Stats & Info and the Elias Sports Bureau.

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