Power Rankings: Cavs hold on to top spot

Updated: January 6, 2010, 4:42 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
Monday, Jan. 4

The Cleveland Cavaliers gave their rivals an opening by losing a home game Sunday night to one of the league's worst road teams.

None of those rivals, though, is in any condition to take advantage.

Cleveland tops the new decade's first edition of ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings in spite of that rare home defeat to Charlotte as everyone in the league's elite is dealing with injuries and/or inconsistency.

Don't forget that the Cavs also swept a home-and-home with Atlanta in their last act of 2009 to ensure that they hold on to No. 1.

This is the 10th Monday of the regular season … and the first time we've had a repeat No. 1 since the Los Angeles Lakers -- who finally ended a run of shaky performances by blitzing Dallas in their Sunday night appointment -- in Week 5 and Week 6.

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