Power Rankings: Suns rise while Magic levitate

Updated: November 19, 2007, 11:36 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

In the season's fifth batch of NBA Power Rankings, ESPN.com has its first change at the top.

The treasured No. 1 slot would have been Boston's if the Celtics could have won Sunday in Orlando, but the Phoenix Suns have seized it instead with a five-game winning streak and an 8-2 start . . . and with help from Dallas' big victory Thursday over San Antonio to knock the defending champs from the rankings summit. The Magic, meanwhile, surpass Boston as the East's highest-ranked team at No. 4, with another 9-2 team -- New Orleans -- rising to No. 6 in one more significant jump.

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