Mark Heisler's NBA rankings

March 13, 2011

Records and statistics through Friday's games.

1. Bulls 46-18 (2): On 37-10 run, will be underdogs once before hosting Celtics on April 7.

2. Spurs 53-12 (1): Bad news for Lakers; can't catch up unless they play a lot more.

3. Mavericks 47-18 (3): Went 17-2 before Tyson Chandler sprained ankle, back in time for Lakers.

4. Lakers 46-20 (5): Who out there wanted to keep Andrew Bynum? Hey, all Lakerdom had your back!

5. Celtics 46-17 (4): Latest in line from Bill Russell to Kendrick Perkins: Nenad Krstic 5-2 as Celtic.

6. Heat 44-21 (6): Will get help next season. Problem is staying together now.

7. Thunder 41-23 (7): Hit wall: 64-32 from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 13, 2011, 14-10 since.

8. Nuggets 38-27 (9): Melo who? 7-2 since trade. Assists up five a game over last month.

9. 76ers 34-31 (14): Doug Collins' Energizer Bunnies stun Celtics, 31-18 since 3-13 start.

10. Magic 41-25 (8): Tried it without Dwight Howard in home loss to Trail Blazers, didn't like it.

11. Trail Blazers 37-28 (12): In surprise, Vulcans who dangled Nate McMillan to this point, extend him.

12. Grizzlies 36-30 (13): Last time they made playoffs, Jerry West was GM and Gasol there was Pau.

13. Hornets 38-29 (11): With no Chris Paul, came from seven down in last 1:13 to beat Mavs.

14. Knicks 34-30 (16): With Chauncey Billups out, Toney Douglas breaks out, averaging 15, shooting 53 percent.

15. Hawks 37-28 (10): Roll your eyes if this is familiar: 33-18 on Feb. 5, 4-10 since.

16. Suns 33-30 (15): Season series with playoff rival Memphis over. Grizzlies won it.

17. Rockets 33-33 (17): Chase Budinger crashes starting lineup, averaging 17 since break.

18. Clippers 25-41 (21): Beat Celtics, got beaten by Nets.

19. Warriors 29-36 (20): Whatever Andre Biedrins was once, he's averaging 5-8 last two seasons.

20. Jazz 34-32 (19): Still going (down): 3-9 since Sloan era.

21. Pacers 27-38 (18)): Frank Vogel falls from 7-1 to 10-11 as Chuck Person's name surfaces.

22. Bobcats 27-38 (22): So much for Paul Silas as first to make it work post-Larry Brown.

23. Bucks 25-38 (23): Does he have ID? Brandon Jennings shoots 17-30 over two.

24. Nets 21-43 (24): Just went 2-0 starting Bench Mob backcourt, Jordan Farmar-Sasha Vujacic.

25. Wizards 16-47 (25): Alert Red Cross: 1-29 road team has 11 of last 17 out there.

26. Kings 15-48 (26): Let me get this straight: There are two cities that want them?

27. Timberwolves 17-50 (27): En fuego, for them: Just went 4-4 after starting 14-47.

28. Raptors 18-47 (28): Still going (south): Started 8-11, 11-36 since.

29. Cavaliers 12-52 (29): Luckily he's owed only $28 million. Coach: Baron Davis' knee 65-70 percent.

30. Pistons 23-43 (30): Clueless to end: Tracy McGrady ponders staying or going like someone cares.

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