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The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers claim the top spots in this week's edition of the rankings.

January 04, 2014|By Ben Bolch
  • Miami's LeBron James looks to pass against Orlando's Tobias Harris, but it doesn't look like anyone will pass the Heat in this week's rankings.
Miami's LeBron James looks to pass against Orlando's Tobias… (John Raoux / Associated…)

RANKINGS AND COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY

IT’S A MIRACLE

1. MIAMI (25-8) “Birdman” would be a sensation on Twitter since language confined to tweets. (1)

2. INDIANA (26-6) Danny Granger (8 ppg) picking up where he left off last season (5.4 ppg). (3)

THE .700 CLUB

3. PORTLAND (26-8) Blazers let threedom ring by making 21 shots from beyond arc vs. Bobcats. (4)

4. OKLA. CITY (26-7) Russell Westbrook ahead of schedule for return before his next injury. (7)

5. SAN ANT. (26-8) Spurs have a bad loss vs. Knicks to go with those defeats against contenders. (2)

6. CLIPPERS (23-13) Suffering from separation anxiety after learning Chris Paul out 3-5 weeks. (6)

7. GOLD. ST. (22-13) Whenever Andre Iguodala hits a game-winner, fans should yell “Iggy Pop!” (8)

8. HOUSTON (22-13) Who could have guessed Kings would be Superman’s foil in his new home? (5)

9. PHOENIX (20-12) Nash’s old team flush with point guards while Lakers use Kendall Marshall. (9)

AMEN

10. DALLAS (19-14) Shawn Marion gets 17,000th career point vs. Clippers, but not late basket. (10

11. ATLANTA (18-16) Al Horford’s torn pectoral muscle keeps team from puffing chest over record. (11)

12. MINN. (16-17) Will Shabazz Muhammad (12 points this season) reach jersey number (15)? (13)

13. TORONTO (16-15) It’s not me, it’s you: Fastest way for a team to improve is to trade Rudy Gay. (21)

14. N. ORL. (15-17) Ryan Anderson’s cervical stinger has fans checking medical glossary. (19)

15. WASH. (14-16) Wizards have been spooked since last being over .500 on Oct. 31, 2009. (18)

16. DENVER (15-17) Nuggets hope rescinding Andre Miller suspension is start of a larger do-over. (12)

SEA OF FAITH

17. MEMPH. (14-18) Phoenix native Jerryd Bayless is Suns’ problem in happy homecoming. (14)

18. DETROIT (14-19) Maurice Cheeks, Josh Smith should let Judge Judy decide who’s right in flap. (17)

19. LAKERS (14-19) A home victory over Jazz last season started a 28-12 run. #wishfulthinking (15)

20. CHARL. (15-20) Cody Zeller’s failed dunk on Blake Griffin is the inverse of getting Mozgoved. (16)

21. CHICAGO (14-18) Call him Testy Tom: Thibodeau leads NBA coaches with six technical fouls. (20)

22. BOSTON (13-20) Celtics still battling Lakers … for draft lottery positioning. (22)

23. CLEVE. (11-22) Andrew Bynum now free to drag race Yasiel Puig on Pacific Coast Highway. (23)

24. PHILA. (12-21) Evan Turner’s game-ending dunk adds exult to injury against Lakers. (26)

25. BROOK. (12-21) Upset of Thunder improves team’s RPI in a season that’s RIP. (25)

26. N. YORK (10-22) Unexpected two-game scoring binge prompts Shumpertsanity in Manhattan. (24)

27. ORLANDO (10-23) Epic collapse in 81 seconds rivals Raptors yielding Kobe Bryant’s 81 points. (27)

A LITTLE MEN

28. SACRA. (10-22) Reaching double digits in victories otherwise known as fulfilling potential. (28)

29. UTAH (11-25) Only Jazz could turn Kendall Marshall into All-Star candidate in one game. (29)

30. MIL. (7-26) In a down season, Bucks will always have New Year’s Eve at Staples Center. (30)

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