2022 NBA Power Rankings Week 21

Which NBA teams are making the biggest moves after an action-packed weekend?

On Saturday, the Miami Heat toppled the Philadelphia 76ers in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. James Harden didn’t suit up — he was held out in the second leg of a back-to-back — but the Heat limited Joel Embiid to 26.7% shooting to hand the Sixers their first loss since the All-Star break.

Saturday’s finale witnessed a historic performance that the Los Angeles Lakers hope can spark their stretch run. LeBron James poured in 56 points — his most as a Laker — to fuel a comeback win over the Golden State Warriors. It was just the Lakers’ second win over the past nine games as they cling to the Western Conference’s No. 9 seed.

The points kept coming on Sunday, as the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum dropped 54 on Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets. Boston has won 14 of its past 16 games. And in a Finals rematch, the Milwaukee Bucks got 44 points from Khris Middleton to outduel the Phoenix Suns.

Who’s rising and falling with five weeks remaining in the regular season?


1. Phoenix Suns (51-13)

2. Miami Heat (43-22)

3. Memphis Grizzlies (44-22)

4. Milwaukee Bucks (40-25)

5. Philadelphia 76ers (39-24)

6. Golden State Warriors (43-18)

7. Utah Jazz (40-23)

8. Boston Celtics (39-27)

9. Chicago Bulls (39-25)

10. Dallas Mavericks (39-25)

11. Denver Nuggets (38-26)

12. Cleveland Cavaliers (37-27)

13. Minnesota Timberwolves (36-29)

14. Los Angeles Clippers (34-32)

15. Toronto Raptors (34-30)

16. Brooklyn Nets  (32-33)

17. Atlanta Hawks (31-32)

18.  Los Angeles Lakers (28-35)

19 Charlotte Hornets (32-33)

20. New Orleans Pelicans (27-37)

21. Washington Wizards (29-34)

22. Portland Blazers (25-38)

23. New York Knicks (26-38)

24. San Antonio Spurs (24-40)

25. Sacramento Kings (24-42)

26. Indiana Pacers (22-44)

27. Oklahoma City Thunder (20-44)

28. Detroit Pistons (17-47)

29. Orlando Magic (16-49)

29. Houston Rockets (16-48)