Miami Heat return to top of Power Rankings

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The Miami Heat are back at the pinnacle of the NBA, if you pay attention to ESPN's Power Rankings that is.

The Florida franchise return to the top position for the first time since the opening game back in October.

Posting an impressive 8-1 record during a difficult February schedule they top the list for the first time in 16 weeks - moving up from no. 2 in Week 16.

Erik Spoelstra's team this month overcame tough match ups against the Thunder, Clippers, Golden State, and, most recently, made it through a tight game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday without LeBron James.

And their recent form has been noted by ESPN in the Week 17 Rankings. 

Their surge came as OKC stuttered, losing the first two games of Russell Westbrook's return (against Miami and the LA Clippers), and the Thunder slip to number two overall.

While the Power Rankings are far from the be-all-and-end-all, the Heats' return to the top confirms the suspicion that the franchise are building some momentum as the business end of the season appears on the horizon.

The Top five as of Feb 24:

1 - Miami Heat (40-14)

2 - Oklahoma City Thunder (43-14)

3 - Indiana Pacers  (42-13)

4 - Houston Rockets (38-18)

5 - LA Clippers (38-20)

Miami Heat
Oklahoma City Thunder

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