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Added February 29th, 2012 by Ryan

NBA Power Rankings: Heat top dogs to start second half of the season

#1 Miami Heat (27-7)

Heading into the All-Star break in the NBA, it would be hard to argue that the Miami Heat weren’t the best all-around team in the league. With LeBron James and company playing exceptionally well on both ends of the floor, the Heat have been near flawless in the first half of the season with just seven losses thus far.

The second half will be crucial, but I really don’t see any team competing with the Heat in the Eastern Conference from here on out.

#2 Oklahoma City Thunder (27-7)

After taking down the Los Angeles Lakers with relative ease before the break, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook cemented themselves as arguably the best one-two punch in the league. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are as dominant as they come, but the leaders on the Thunder are younger and already seemingly in their prime.

There is no question that the Oklahoma City Thunder will be the most dangerous team in the Western Conference moving forward.

#3 San Antonio Spurs (24-10)

The San Antonio Spurs continue to fly under the radar this season despite injuries and the distinction as an aging basketball team that can no longer compete with the best of the best in the West. Manu Ginobili may be injury prone this year and undependable, but the Spurs continue to roll and could be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.

#4 Chicago Bulls (27-8)

The Derrick Rose show in the Windy City continues with the up-and-coming point guard healthy and ready to take on the second half of the NBA season. As long as that back doesn’t flare up, the Bulls will be a tough team to beat in the second half.

#5 Los Angeles Clippers (20-11)

The Los Angeles Clippers may have suffered a fairly devastating loss after losing Chauncey Billups for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury, but this team keeps winning basketball games with Chris Paul quickly becoming an NBA MVP candidate in the process.

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