Power Rankings: Heat still No. 1

Updated: April 1, 2013, 1:34 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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The Miami Heat are the first team in NBA history to win 17 games in a single calendar month.

So if you thought one March loss might dislodge them from the top spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings ... think again.

Despite the defeat Wednesday night in Chicago after 27 wins in a row -- and the Bulls playing minus the injured Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah -- Miami wasn't about to be bumped out of the top spot by one negative result. Two losses in a row wouldn't have done it, either, but the Heat made absolutely sure by going to San Antonio on Sunday and winning on Chris Bosh's dramatic late 3 while they were resting LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

But don't fret. There are several notable developments in this week's rankings that don't involve the Heat.

Denver's lofty stay in the top two was a short one, thanks to a two-spot dip to No. 4, while Indiana has risen into the top five for just the third time all season. The Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, have tumbled all the way to No. 16 -- their first stint in the bottom half of the rankings since Jan. 21 -- in the wake of L.A.'s mounting injuries and Utah's increasingly promising path to the final playoff berth in the West. The Jazz have climbed a heady six spots from No. 20 to No. 14.

The rankings, as always, were compiled with peerless assisting from ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau. Click here to rank the teams yourself ... and click here in case you missed our latest Weekend Dime.

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

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