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Cream rising to top of Power Rankings

PER Diem: Nov. 30, 2009

Updated: November 30, 2009, 12:59 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Much as the Saturday of a golf tournament is called "moving day" because it's the day when players prepare for a push to the top, this past holiday weekend could be thought of as "moving week" in the NBA. For the first month of the season, we didn't have much power to rank, as there was no dominant team in sight. In the past week, however, that's changed quickly, and suddenly the usual suspects have made their way toward the apex of the Power Rankings.

Most notably, the defending champion Lakers climbed to second in the Power Rankings with their sixth straight double-figure win, a string that coincides with the return of All-Star power forward Pau Gasol from injury. It seems only a matter of time until they claim the top spot, as Phoenix, the only team ranked ahead of them this week, already lost to L.A. by 19 points. The two clubs will meet again Sunday at the Staples Center.

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