Power Rankings: Suns rise into top 5

Updated: November 9, 2009, 7:55 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Boston Celtics managed to hang on to the top spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings, but that's not the real story on this Monday. The team that inflicted Boston's first loss of the season is the headliner in this edition of the rankings.

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The Phoenix Suns are 3-1 entering the final stop of their five-game swing through the Eastern Conference, highlighted by a 110-103 victory Friday night at Boston against the Celts' normally smothering D. That emphatic win and the Suns' overall 5-1 mark adds up to the most significant rankings jump of the early season, bumping Phoenix up from No. 10 to No. 4 going into its Monday night visit to Philadelphia.

Miami is the other notable riser as a newcomer to the top 10 (moving from No. 11 to No. 8), and Chicago (No. 14 to No. 11) and Houston (No. 17 to No. 12) also have capitalized on the November struggles endured by presumed title contenders in Cleveland (No. 7 to No. 9) and San Antonio (No. 6 to No. 13).

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