NBA Recap – Week Ending January 20, 2013

Los Angeles Clippers (32-9)
Los Angeles Clippers (32-9)
A perfect 4-0 this week without Chris Paul for a few games as Jamal Crawford stepped-up as expected. Clippers face the Thunder this week to see who will get the top spot for next week's rankings. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Oklahoma City Thunder (32-9)
When Kevin Durant shoots, it’s still a minor shock if he misses. He dropped 52 in an an OT win over the Mavs and has become unstoppable with his range and length to get to the hole almost unaffected by defense. (Photo by
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San Antonio Spurs (32-11)
San Antonio Spurs (32-11)
Four comfortable wins this week, even when sitting Duncan against the Hawks. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Miami Heat (26-12)
LeBron James hides a lot of the weaknesses of his team as his presence makes everyone on his team better. The Heat quietly destroyed the Lakers with 39 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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New York Knicks (25-13)
New York Knicks (25-13)
Knicks won its sole game of the week over the Pistons in London. Iman Shumpert’s return was welcomed. Marcus Camby is out after missing much of the season and Rasheed Wallace is feared to be out as well. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Brooklyn Nets (24-16)
Brooklyn Nets (24-16)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Deron Williams #8 of the Brooklyn Nets backs up to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks at the Barclays Center on JaAnother showdown with the Knicks on MLK Day. No real superstar with Deron Williams and Joe Johnson not playing their best, but the Nets are one of the most complete teams with a strong bench - almost as good as the Clippers’. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Indiana Pacers (25-16)
Indiana Pacers (25-16)
One of the worst offensive teams breaks down opponents with its tough defense and rebounding. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
Denver Nuggets (25-18)
Denver Nuggets (25-18)
Nuggets are always a threat to run and gun on any opponent, evidenced by a 121-118 OT win over the Thunder. Unfortunately, not surprised at their loss to the Wizards two nights before. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Memphis Grizzles (26-13)
Memphis Grizzles (26-13)
Zach Randolph missed one game with a lower back strain, but returned to power a win over the Bulls with 13 points and 19 rebounds. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago Bulls (23-16)
Chicago Bulls (23-16)
Bulls stole a win in OT from the Celtics 100-99 with an off-balance shot by Marco Bellinelli, but karma caught up in an OT loss to the Grizzlies. Joakim Noah was also benched for over 20 minutes down the stretch in the Grizz game. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors (24-15)
Golden State Warriors (24-15)
Steph Curry missed two games this week with an ankle injury and scored 20 in his return over the Hornets, but Klay Thompson was the star with 29 points.(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks (21-18)
Milwaukee Bucks (21-18)
Brandon Jennings is making a mad push to be tapped for the all-star game playing the best of his career, highlighted with 30 points and 8 assists in a win over the Blazers. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Utah Jazz (22-19)
Utah Jazz (22-19)
Unexpected production from a lot of different players as an example in Cavs win: Randy Foye (20 points) and Derrick Favors (19 rebounds) and Earl Watson (nine assists). (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks (22-18)
Atlanta Hawks (22-18)
Slumping to a 2-8 record in their last ten games, they also lost a great bench player in Lou Williams for the season with a torn ACL. Head coach Larry Drew’s contract expires soon and he needs a good playoff showing to maintain his job under new GM, Danny Ferry. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets (21-21)
Houston Rockets (21-21)
Rockets have been trying to get a big force down low since Yao Ming retired and first looked to Pau Gasol, then Dwight Howard. Now, rumor has it the Rockets are seeking a trade for Grizzlies Zach Randolph. (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers (20-20)
Portland Trail Blazers (20-20)
After beating the Heat, the Trail Blazers are in the midst of a five-game losing streak. On the bright side, most of the losses (except Cavs) have been to top teams. (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
Boston Celtics (20-20)
Boston Celtics (20-20)
No one may care right about now, since the New England Patriots just lost the AFC Championship, except Doc Rivers who after Boston lost to the Pistons during its current three-game losing streak said changes will be made. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Minnesota Timberwolves (17-20)
Minnesota Timberwolves (17-20)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 19: Chris Johnson #20 of the Minnesota Timberwolves Unheralded center Chris Johnson scored 15 points off the bench in his Twolves debut and won over the Rockets to stop a five-game skid. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks (18-24)
Dallas Mavericks (18-24)
Vince Carter, the almost 36 year-old, has been recently revitalized topping his 29 points in a losing effort to the Thunder with a dunk over Serge Ibaka. Another vet, Shawn Marion, also had a flashback with 20 points in a win over Orlando. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers (17-23)
Philadelphia 76ers (17-23)
Just like Jennings with the Bucks, Jrue Holiday is pushing for an all-star roster spot dropping 30, 29, and 33 in his last three games that included two wins. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers (17-23)
Los Angeles Lakers (17-23)
Low point of a never–ending litany of low milestones this season may be the road loss this past week to the Raptors that Dwight Howard was thrown out of for two techs. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons (15-25)
Detroit Pistons (15-25)
Rookie Andre Drummond is posting good numbers and led a win over the C’s with 16 points and 7 rebounds, despite claims from teammate Tayshaun Prince that he is not a good practice player. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors (15-26)
Toronto Raptors (15-26)
Landry Fields scored a season-high 18 points in a defeat of the Lakers. But the best news was that injured players Andrea Bargnani and rookie Jonas Valanciunas are soon to return. (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)
New Orleans Hornets (13-27)
New Orleans Hornets (13-27)
Hornets lost their last game of the week to the Warriors (116-112), but put up a good effort and are 6-4 in their last ten - including this week’s blowout wins over the Sixers and Celtics. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings (16-25)
Sacramento Kings (16-25)
Kings may be Seattle-bound as team owners are seeking a sale after years of financial turmoil. In the meantime, DeMarcus Cousins is its best asset on the trading block, but a trade is unlikely until any new ownership is resolved. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
Orlando Magic (14-26)
Orlando Magic (14-26)
As per the Magic this year, they lost to the Wizards and bounced back with a win over the Pacers, but then lost to the Bobcats. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
Phoenix Suns (13-28)
Phoenix Suns (13-28)
Another mid-season coaching change saw Alvin Gentry step down as it was a mutual decision that it was not working with the guy who led the team to the 2010 Western Conference Finals. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers (10-32)
Cleveland Cavaliers (10-32)
Anderson Varejao has been ruled out for the rest of the season with blood clots, which does not bode well for this season but it could help develop other players like Tyler Zeller. (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
Washington Wizards (8-30)
Washington Wizards (8-30)
DC should look forward to the back-court of the future in John Wall and rookie Bradley Beal. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Bobcats (10-30)
Charlotte Bobcats (10-30)
Number 2 overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and his complimentary style of play has not taken root in a team full of complimentary players. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
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