Power Rankings: Cavs rise into top 5

Updated: February 9, 2015, 3:29 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Feb. 9

The Atlanta Hawks just suffered through their first two-loss week since mid-November.

It's going to take more than that, though, to knock the Hawks off their perch atop ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.

Don't forget that the Hawks, despite road losses in New Orleans and Memphis that sandwiched impressive home wins over Washington and mighty Golden State, are still in the midst of a 35-4 run. And given how good they looked in the second half Friday night, when they repelled the Warriors in the most anticipated regular-season game in Atlanta since Dominique Wilkins' return as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers in March 1994, there was no way they were going to lose their hold on the No. 1 spot after a blip, or even two.

The Warriors, meanwhile, are likewise proving hard to dislodge from the top two. The Memphis Grizzlies are a heady 12-2 since acquiring Jeff Green and are the only team in the league besides San Antonio and the Los Angeles Lakers that can claim victories over both Atlanta and Golden State. But the Warriors sit atop the league in both offensive and defensive efficiency and sport that ridiculous nightly average winning margin of plus-11.2 -- on track to be one of the best such readings in history -- to keep them above the Grizz. For now.

We'll delve further into this week's order -- with Cleveland and Toronto unexpectedly giving the East two more top-five teams and Washington sinking all the way down to No. 16 -- on Stein Line Live. You can comment below on our 1-to-30 order, which as always was compiled with data and research assistance from our friends at ESPN Stats & Information and the Elias Sports Bureau, or you can rank them.

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