Power Rankings: Bulls hold off Heat for top spot

Updated: March 12, 2012, 1:44 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, March 12

The first of three Bulls-Heat showdowns before the playoffs even get here comes Wednesday night in Chicago.

And the home team will be bringing top billing to the party, clinging to the top spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings despite Thursday's rare home loss to visiting Orlando.

A case could have been made for the Heat to return to the summit after a 3-0 week in home games against New Jersey, Atlanta and Indiana, but the Bulls' season-long dominance with a healthy Derrick Rose in the lineup tipped the scales. Miami will get its chance to reclaim the top spot on a night that the rest of the league will be bracing for what happens before Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

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