The Miami Heat reaffirmed their spot atop the NBA pyramid with a convincing 110-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City Thursday night. It was the Heat's seventh win in their last eight meetings with the Thunder, dating back to last season.
While Oklahoma City remains the biggest threat to the Heat's throne, there are several other teams nipping at Miami's heels. The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the league once again, and the Los Angeles Clippers, led by Chris Paul, are running away with the Pacific Division.
The New York Knicks, currently the No. 2 seed in the East, crushed the Heat in each of their two meetings this season. The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers are two defensive-minded teams that pushed Miami to the limit in the playoffs last year.