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NBA Power Rankings 2012: Bulls Edge Out Heat For Top Spot In SB Nation's Rankings

Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls are technically ahead of LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the standings and the Eastern Conference playoff seeding, but at times it feels like they are still chasing. With guys like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh next up to make plays for the Heat, it makes Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah seem like quite a drop off. Even so, people around the NBA are showing their trust in the Bulls at the moment. Tom Ziller of SB Nation released his latest NBA Power Rankings on Monday, and the Bulls grabbed the top spot:

Rank Team Record Last Week SB Nation Blog
1. Chicago Bulls 34-9 W: IND, MIL, UTA; L: ORL Blog-a-Bull
The Bulls remain incredibly impressive, despite a surprising home loss -- Chicago's second all season -- to Orlando. On Saturday, the Bulls whipped the Jazz (a good team) without Luol Deng or Joakim Noah.
2. Miami Heat 31-9 W: NJ, ATL, IND Peninsula Is Mightier
The Heat earned a pair of narrow victories over East playoff teams this week, forever quieting the implication that LeBron James cannot close in the fourth quarter. And the world was at peace.

A few other interesting notes from this round of rankings includes the Orlando Magic at No. 8 and the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 10 overall.

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