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NBA Power Rankings Week 3: New Orleans Hornets Soar, LA Lakers, Miami Heat Drop
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Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers lost their first game of the year this week, quickly followed by a second. LeBron James and the Miami Heat lost to the Boston Celtics once again.

The New Orleans Hornets continued to impress and now stand as the only undefeated team. The San Antonio Spurs kept climbing with a strong four-win week.

Add to that the continued late-game heroics of the Utah Jazz and the success of the Dallas Mavericks, and you have an exciting seven days in the world of the NBA.

Who's up, who's down, who's last? Here's Week 3's power rankings.

RANK TEAM RECORD
1 New Orleans Hornets
8-0
2 L.A. Lakers
8-2
3 San Antonio Spurs
8-1
4 Boston Celtics
8-2
5 Dallas Mavericks 6-2
6 Utah Jazz
7-3
7 Atlanta Hawks
7-4
8 Miami Heat
6-4
9 Orlando Magic
6-3
10 Chicago Bulls
5-3
11 Phoenix Suns
5-4
12 Portland Trail Blazers
5-4
13 Oklahoma City Thunder
5-4
14 Denver Nuggets
5-4
15 Golden State Warriors
6-4
16 Milwaukee Bucks
5-5
17 Indiana Pacers 4-4
18 Cleveland Cavaliers 4-6
19 Memphis Grizzlies
4-6
20 Detroit Pistons
4-6
21 New Jersey Nets 3-6
22 Houston Rockets
3-6
23 Charlotte Bobcats
3-7
24 Sacramento Kings
3-6
25 New York Knicks
3-6
26 Minnesota Timberwolves 3-8
27 Washington Wizards 2-6
28 Philadelphia 76ers 2-8
29 Toronto Raptors
2-8
30 L.A. Clippers
1-9
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