Power Rankings: Cleveland climbs back to the top

Updated: April 1, 2009, 9:19 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 2-5 this season against the only other three teams that can join them in the 60-win club.

And surely you remember who inflicted the Cavs' only home defeat this season. Right?

Those are two reasons why, curious e-mailers, Cleveland hasn't been able to dislodge the team that's 1-0 at The Q from the top spot of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings. Until now.

With a 20-2 record since the All-Star break and a two-game edge over the Los Angeles Lakers for the league's best record with both teams down to their final nine games, Cleveland has done enough to mask the few blemishes on its résumé to move back to No. 1 for the first time in 11 Mondays. The Lakers, at 16-5 in the same span, fall to No. 2 after six straight weeks at the top.

Denver's return to the top 10, at No. 6, is this week's other notable climb. You can click here to rank the teams yourself and click here to comment.

Also, check out John Hollinger's daily NBA Power Rankings.

Tune in Tuesdays to "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see this week's U.S. Army Power Rankings. The Nuggets are the U.S. Army Team of the Week after posting road wins in New Orleans and Dallas without the suspended Nene to maintain their slim lead atop the Northwest Division.

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