2. Oklahoma City Thunder

Record: 24 - 7
Last Week's Rank: 1
Last Week's Results: W vs. Utah 111-85, (Tue); L @ Houston 95-96, (Wed); W vs. Golden State 110-87, (Fri); W vs. Denver 124-118, (Sun)
This Week: vs. New Orleans, Monday (2/20); vs. Boston, Wednesday (2/22); vs. LA Lakers, Thursday (2/24)

Only a one-point loss to the Rockets kept the Thunder from having a perfect week, as they crushed the Jazz, destroyed the Warriors and outgunned the Nuggets. The best in the West by a comfortable margin, the Thunder are of course riding on the shoulders of Kevin Durant, whose scoring is a tick off last year's at 27.6 a game, but he's averaging a career-high (and team-leading) 8.2 boards a game, shooting 51.6 percent from the floor, and has to be considered an early favorite for MVP. The career-high 51 points he scored against the Nuggets will only help his case.—Russ Bengtson