Power Rankings: Celtics overtake Pistons, regain top spot

Updated: January 7, 2008, 11:52 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com


Playing Detroit on Dec. 19, as one member of the committee's inner circle likes to say, was the Boston Celtics' first true moment of accountability this season. On their home floor, they lost.

Since then, though, Boston impressively swept through a four games-in-five nights tour through the West and then atoned for that rare defeat by beating the Pistons in Detroit on Saturday night, improving the Celtics' record to a glorious 29-3 … and keeping them on a ridiculous 74-8 pace. So now we're accountable.

We duly move the Celtics back to the top of the ESPN.com weekly NBA Power Rankings, dropping Detroit to No. 2. The New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers are climbing, too, and there's also a new No. 30 whose coach has Pistons ties. Guess who?

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