Power Rankings: Nets making a late-season push

Updated: March 27, 2006, 10:34 AM ET
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By Marc Stein
ESPN.com

Remember when the committee (of one) suggested about a month ago that the New Jersey Nets had cemented themselves as top-six material in ESPN.com's NBA Power Rankings?

We're trying this again.

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After invalidating our earlier endorsement with an embarrassing slip all the way to No. 11, New Jersey is back up to No. 5 … which means the Miami Heat have been bumped down to No. 6.

The Nets got there with the league's longest active winning streak -- eight straight victories after Sunday's nationally televised triumph on No. 2 Detroit's floor. A week after beating No. 3 Dallas, New Jersey went to Motown and halted the Pistons' home win streak at 16, which sets up an interesting showdown with No. 4 Phoenix back in Jersey on Monday night.

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