Climbing the ranks

February, 3, 2010
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com
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Marc Stein elevated the Bulls to No. 13 in his power rankings this week adding this note about the team's recent play:

"The Bulls have taken flak for their Circus Road Trip ineptitude since MJ retired, but they just got some historic revenge by becoming the first teameverto win five straight roadies against teams with winning records."

Let that sink in again.

The Bulls, yes the same Bulls who lost a game after leading by 35 points earlier this season are the first team in NBA history to win five games in a row against teams with winning records.

Forget for a second that they only scored 82 points on Tuesday night against the Clippers. Almost a week later, I still can't believe the Bulls actually played so well at the end of that trip.

Do you think this is the highest they will get in the power rankings this season?

To see the rest of Stein's Power Rankings check this out.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5