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Monday, December 10, 2012
Power Rankings: Knicks move up to third

By Ian Begley

A 2-1 road trip -- mostly without Carmelo Anthony -- and a home win over the Nuggets has propelled the Knicks to No. 3 in Marc Stein's latest Power Rankings. Stein was impressed by the Knicks' 20-point win over Miami with Anthony on the bench last Thursday, and their Sunday night win over Denver.

Last week, the Knicks ranked seventh on Stein's list. This week, they're behind No. 1 San Antonio and No. 2 Oklahoma City.

Writes Stein: "For all the justifiable awe their 3-point barrages generate -- how Mike D'Antoni must wish he could have brought just one of those shooters with him to L.A. -- perhaps we should be even more impressed with the fact mighty Miami has averaged a mere 88 points in two L's to the Knicks."

ESPN's John Hollinger has his own rankings based on a statistical formula. He has the Knicks at No. 4, behind San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers. Click here for Hollinger's rankings.