National Basketball Association power rankings week 22: Rockets are still No. 1

National Basketball Association power rankings week 22: Rockets are still No. 1

After the Dallas Mavericks obtained Doug McDermott in a trade with the New York Knicks on February 8, it took some time for the fourth-year forward to get to know something as basic as the names of his new teammates.

DeRozan, a native of Compton, California, is currently13th in the National Basketball Association averaging 23.7 points through 66 games. For McDermott, that meant bonding with his new teammates had to be put on hold.

Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews sat out Sunday because of a right leg injury suffered in the first half of the Mavericks win over Memphis on Saturday night.

"Globally, they dominated us in every fashion", Nets coach Kenny Atkinson told reporters. Dallas plays 10 of its final 15 on the road. "It just feels great to be here, and I'm really enjoying it".

Rockets: Host the Spurs on Monday for the second half of a back-to-back. It's the most hard of the 16 games the Mavs have remaining on their schedule.

Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 108-105 on Friday night, snapping the Rockets' 17-game winning streak. MVP candidate James Harden scored a game-high 40 points, as Houston came up on the losing end for the first time since January 26 at New Orleans.

Behind sharpshooters James Harden, Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, the Rockets are astonishingly averaging more 3-point field goal attempts (42.1) than two-point field goal attempts (42).


But here: it's James Harden.

Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 28 points and Portland won their ninth straight to consolidate their third place in the West ahead of New Orleans - who were beaten 116-97 by the Washington Wizards.

DeAndre Jordan was a dominant presence inside as he scored 20 points and pulled down 23 rebounds for the Clippers. And ironically, during a February 11 contest in Houston, the Rockets defeated the Mavs by the same 104-97 score in a game Dirk Nowitzki missed with a swollen left ankle. And as the season is winding to a close, McDermott is rightfully looking at positives he and his teammates can carry into next season.

"I'm going to get an MRI tomorrow, and we'll know more then", Matthews said.

Brooklyn is 3-17 in its last 20 games since Spencer Dinwiddie's winning shot beat Detroit on January 21.

"We shouldn't have even given him the opportunity to get the shot off, but it worked out", said Lowry, who said the Raptors must find a way to maintain the level they showed in the first quarter throughout the game.

The Toronto Raptors own some gaudy numbers - an eight-game winning streak, 49 victories and a dominant 29-2 mark against losing teams.

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