Power Rankings: Pistons hit new heights ... Knicks hit rock bottom

Updated: December 29, 2005, 11:11 AM ET

By Marc Stein

I don't think they'll get there. Given how much they rely on their five starters, I don't even think the Detroit Pistons should go for it.

However ...

Any talk of 70 wins, generated only by the San Antonio Spurs coming into the season, can only be attached to the Pistons now.

Detroit reinforced itself as a clear-cut No. 1 in ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings by extending its stay at the top to seven consecutive weeks with an 85-70 trouncing of the No. 3 Spurs on Christmas Day. The performance also established a maximum 29-spot gap between the Pistons and former coach Larry Brown's New York Knicks and prompted ABC studio analyst Scottie Pippen, a member of the Chicago Bulls' 72-10 squad in 1995-96, to repeat his recent prediction that these Pistons will win at least 70 under new coach Flip Saunders.

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