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Heat moves into top spot after beating Jeremy Lin and Knicks.

February 25, 2012|By Ben Bolch
  • LeBron James and the Miami Heat defeated Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks and moved into the top spot in The Times' rankings in the process.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat defeated Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks… (Robert Duyos / Sun Sentinel…)

LIVING AT THE FOUR SEASONS

1. MIAMI (27-7) Stop the Linsanity? The Heat at least put it on hiatus. (2)
2. CHICAGO (27-8) Second City may be playing second fiddle again in Eastern Conference. (1)
3. OKLAHOMA CITY (27-7) Kevin Durant only West All-Star starter who can laugh about L.A. traffic. (3)
4. SAN ANTONIO (24-10) Spurs' recent victory streak goes to 11 before stars get a breather. (4)


PILING UP VICTORIES, MARRIOTT POINTS

5. CLIPPERS (20-11) Blake Griffin wants off Team Shaq after hearing DeMarcus Cousins slight. (5)
6. ORLANDO (22-13) Tax-free status, year-round sunshine may not be enough for Dwight Howard. (7)
7. INDIANA (21-12) Forget Orlando. Granger has right idea by heading to Turks and Caicos. (9)
8. PHILADELPHIA (20-14) Slide before break has fans wondering whether Philly's best is good enough. (6)
9. LAKERS (20-14) Fractured team needs everyone from Jim Buss to bus boys on same page. (10)
10. DALLAS (21-13) Mavericks suddenly dreading potential playoff rematch against Lakers. (8)
11. HOUSTON (20-14) Chase Budinger doesn't stir reminders of Clyde Drexler in dunk contest. (12)
12. ATLANTA (20-14) Whatizit? Hawks fans still unsure this up-and-down team is for real. (11)
13. MEMPHIS (19-15) FedExForum residents have delivered without Zach Randolph, going 18-12. (13)
14. PORTLAND (18-16) Fans will turn it into a new kind of Rip City if Trail Blazers don't win more. (15)
15. DENVER (18-17) It's not exactly a Sweet 16 as Nuggets go 4-12 with three starters injured. (14)


THE CARPET'S WET AND THE BATHROOM'S DIRTY

16. MINNESOTA (17-17) Irony alert: Timberwolves may make playoffs, Kevin Garnett may not. (19)
17. NEW YORK (17-18) Jeremy Lin couches uninspiring performance in Orlando as fatigue factor. (18)
18. BOSTON (15-17) When Celtics play outside TD Garden, they are the Antiques Roadshow. (16)
19. UTAH (15-17) Not much to get Jazzed about after team goes 6-13 before All-Star break. (17)
20. GOLDEN ST. (13-17) Victory over Clippers was one to remember in a season to forget. (21)
21. PHOENIX (14-20) Suns suddenly surrounded by optimism with spring training in town. (22)
22. MILWAUKEE (13-20) Stephen Jackson was supposed to solve problems, not compound them. (20)
23. CLEVELAND (13-18) Rising Stars Challenge? Looks as if Kyrie Irving is already here. (23)


MOTEL 6 WON'T EVEN LEAVE THE LIGHT ON FOR THEM

24. SACRAMENTO (11-22) UCLA getting almost as much out of Tyler Honeycutt as Kings are. (24)
25. TORONTO (10-23) Only intrigue left this season is whether Jose Calderon heads stateside. (26)
26. DETROIT (11-24) Michael Moore expose on Pistons to be called "Rodney & Me." (25)
27. NEW JERSEY (10-25) Tabloids call Knicks' debacle with Carmelo Anthony back "A Net loss." (27)
28. NEW ORLEANS (8-25) Green Mardi Gras jerseys are a fitting tribute to an ugly season. (28)
29. WASHINGTON (7-26) John Wall experiences what it's like to be surrounded by talent in Orlando. (29)
30. CHARLOTTE (4-28) Bobcats would need MLB's all-inclusive policy to get an All-Star. (30)

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