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Raptors hitting stride, Pacers in trouble



LeBron James was clutch for the Cavs, Russell Westbrook got another triple-double and the Warriors steamrolled the Wizards. Take a look back at the top moments from the weekend in the NBA.

USA TODAY Sports’ NBA power rankings for Week 22 (Monday, March 27 through Sunday, April 2) of the 2016-17 season.

► MVP race: Harden pushes past Westbrook for top spot

► ROY race: Saric, Brogdon neck-and-neck


1. Golden State Warriors (63-14) –

Not only have Warriors won 11 straight games, including matchups with the Thunder, Grizzlies, Rockets (twice), Spurs and Wizards, but back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry has played his best basketball of the season during this stretch, averaging 27 points, 7.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 4.8 three-pointers (at 46.5%). Will he keep it up once Kevin Durant returns?

2. San Antonio Spurs (59-17) –

The Spurs — who are 7-2 this season against the Warriors, Cavs and Rockets — are, without question, the second-best team in the NBA as we enter the final stretch of the regular season. They put together an impressive week, with a 29-point rout of the Cavaliers, a 21-point comeback win over the Thunder and a six-point win over Utah, though they let up a 22-point lead to lose to the Warriors.

3. Houston Rockets (52-25) –

As the season winds down and the playoff races heat up, the Rockets are faced with a dilemma. James Harden, who has a wrist injury that’s clearly affecting his play, is in a neck-and-neck MVP race with Russell…

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