Power Rankings: Cavs' rise gives East a one-two punch

Updated: December 17, 2008, 6:48 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers have moved into the top two. The Atlanta Hawks have risen into the top 10. The Memphis Grizzlies, if for only a week, have sneaked into the top 20!

The Boston Celtics, meanwhile, have merely tightened their hold on the top spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings, placing No. 1 for the sixth week out of seven with the best start we've seen from anyone since the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls opened 23-2 in what wound up a 72-win season. The Celts tote a 14-game win streak into Monday's showdown with Utah and, with an assist from a friendly stretch of schedule, have pushed their per-game point differential for the season into the same double-digit stratosphere as the Cavs and Los Angeles Lakers.

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Tune in Tuesdays to "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see this week's U.S. Army Power Rankings. The Grizzlies are the U.S. Army Team of the Week after spoiling Derrick Rose's Memphis homecoming as part of a 4-0 surge.

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