Power Rankings: Top-10 shakeup

Updated: March 3, 2010, 1:55 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, March 1

Quality victories early and late in the week -- sandwiched around a road loss to the league's hottest team -- were enough to keep the Los Angeles Lakers in the top spot of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

After escaping with a win Tuesday night in Memphis on Kobe Bryant's game-winning triple, L.A. closed the week strong Sunday with a come-from-behind victory at home over the Denver Nuggets, enabling the Lakers to keep the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 2 for the second successive Monday. The Lakers' only blemish was a five-point loss Wednesday at Dallas on the second night of a back-to-back, which helped the Mavericks -- who have won an NBA-best seven in a row -- rise to No. 5.

In other notable Week 18 moves, Boston dropped from No. 9 to No. 13 after its horrific home loss Saturday to New Jersey, while Milwaukee moved from No. 19 to a season-high No. 14 on the strength of a 10-4 record in February.

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

Tune in Tuesdays to "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see the week's U.S. Army Power Rankings.

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