Power Rankings: Miami Heat bounce Bulls at No. 1

Updated: January 30, 2012, 1:06 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Jan. 30

The Miami Heat are back to No. 1 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

Honestly, though, Miami's return to the top spot comes somewhat by default.

The Heat's 4-0 week isn't as strong as it looks on paper, thanks to sluggish performances against three teams with losing records (Cleveland, Detroit and New York) and a shaky showing in crunch time in Sunday's marquee win over visiting Luol Deng-less Chicago.

But Oklahoma City and Denver likewise didn't do enough over the past seven days to be the team to succeed the injury-hit Bulls at No. 1, with OKC beating up on bottom-feeders (Detroit, New Orleans and Golden State) and the Nuggets squandering their opportunity to put some pressure on the rankings committee (of one) when they lost narrowly at home Sunday night to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The most notable moves of the week are actually in the bottom half of the rankings, with freefalling Orlando plummeting 12 spots (No. 8 to No. 20) and Washington bumping Charlotte into the cellar for the first change at No. 30 since the preseason edition of the rankings.

Check back every Monday during the regular season for a fresh and fully nonautomated pulse-take of the league's 30 teams, which is compiled with Ricky Rubio-esque dishing from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself or click here to comment on these rankings.

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

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