Power Rankings: Lakers, Cavs no longer in Top 2

Updated: March 10, 2010, 7:54 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, March 8

The Lakers are in the throes of the first three-game losing streak in the Pau Gasol era. The Cavaliers just played their first game all season without LeBron James.

The result?

A new No. 1 and new No. 2 in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

You have to go back 11 weeks for the last time either L.A. or Cleveland was not in the top two, but Orlando (up from No. 3 to No. 1 for the first time in 2009-10) and Dallas (up from No. 5 to a season-high No. 2 thanks to its 11 consecutive victories) have leapfrogged the NBA Finals favorites with their best respective spurts of the season.

The other significant rankings development is the ongoing rise of the Milwaukee Bucks, who have climbed to No. 11 by virtue of a 15-4 run.

Click here to rank the teams yourself, or click here to comment on these rankings.

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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