Power Rankings: Cavs jump six spots to No. 1

Updated: December 30, 2009, 3:01 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
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The Cleveland Cavaliers responded to a meek display in Dallas by becoming the first road team all season to win a game in Phoenix.

Then they roughed up the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, and followed that win with a rout of a Houston Rockets team that has always caused LeBron James problems.

With those three wins and an OT triumph in Sacramento -- and with the help of slipups from the Lakers, Celtics and Magic -- Cleveland has jumped six spots to seize the top spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings for the first time all season. No. 4 was the Cavs' previous high, but the best week of their season (by far) has nudged the Cavs' record against the rest of the top 10 to 7-3, which is suddenly tops in the league.

In the other prominent top-10 moves, Portland jumped from No. 10 to No. 6 with three huge wins (detailed below) after losing Joel Przybilla, while Phoenix falls from No. 6 to No. 10 after following up the loss to the Cavs -- who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back -- with another home loss to Oklahoma City.

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