All Power Rankings are compiled from games between Jan. 13-20.
1. San Antonio Spurs (2-0)
After the Cleveland Cavaliers blitzed them to the tune of a 32-20 lead after the first quarter on Thursday night, the Spurs outscored LeBron James and company 79-63. How? With not just the consistently strong two-way performance that’s become a hallmark of Gregg Popovich’s most recent clubs, but a scoring balance that’s typified San Antonio’s nearly two-decade reign near the top of the league.
Tony Parker scored 18 points after the first quarter, a number he’d reached over a full game just six times all season. David West came just a hair below his season-high total with 13 points in the game’s final three quarters. Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points, Tim Duncan had nine, and LaMarcus Aldridge and Manu Ginobili chipped in with six points each.
Oh, and the Spurs forced Cleveland into 41.7 percent shooting and 15 turnovers following the first stanza, too. It was Popovich basketball at its finest, basically, and they managed the same three days later in a 112-83 shellacking of the Dallas Mavericks – with no player on the roster notching more than 29 minutes or less than nine.
Meet the new boss, same as the bold boss. Except San Antonio, somehow, is better than ever.