Power Rankings: Bulls take over No. 1 spot

Updated: March 5, 2012, 12:23 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, March 5

A home loss to New Jersey and the five-game injury absence of Derrick Rose before the All-Star Game conspired to drop the Chicago Bulls all the way down to No. 5 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

But that was then.

A blip.

With Rose back in the lineup and quality road wins in San Antonio and Philadelphia -- and with the Miami Heat's back-to-back losses for just the second time this season in weekend roadies against the Jazz and Lakers without Chris Bosh -- Chicago has reclaimed our No. 1 ranking, nudging Miami down to No. 2 following five straight weeks at the top for the Heat.

The Lakers (up one spot to move into the top five for the first time all season), Memphis' rise from No. 12 to No. 8 without the injured Zach Randolph and Minnesota's edging into the top 10 after big road wins over the Clippers and Blazers are the other notable moves from the first week of the season's second half ... unless you count slumping Portland's slide from No. 14 to No. 20.

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