Power Rankings: Cavs, Lakers switch places

Updated: April 8, 2009, 9:16 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers' return to the top spot of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings was short-lived, thanks to back-to-back losses on the road -- with the second coming in a punishing rout at Orlando -- so soon after their big promotion.

The Los Angeles Lakers thus reclaim the No. 1 ranking, with Cleveland narrowly holding off Orlando's charge for No. 2 with a strong bounce-back win at home Sunday over San Antonio.

The other notable movement in the top 10 sees likely Northwest Division champion Denver rising to No. 5, while Houston (No. 6) and Portland (No. 7) have knocked the banged-up Spurs into highly unusual territory (No. 8) for this late in the season.

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

Tune in Tuesdays to "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see this week's U.S. Army Power Rankings. The Nuggets earn U.S. Army Team of the Week status for the second straight week with a 4-0 sweep highlighted by a solid home win over their division rivals from Utah.

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