NBA Power Rankings Week 9: Did Miami Heat's Win over LA Lakers Make Them No. 1?

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NBA Power Rankings Week 9: Did Miami Heat's Win over LA Lakers Make Them No. 1?
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Well, Christmas Day has come and gone and NBA fans out there got the dream matchup of the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat that had been hyped up since the start of December.

And considering the hoopla, the hoops on the court proved to be a dud.

Perhaps it was Phil Jackson not trying in an attempt to get off the Christmas schedule or to make a statement. Or maybe the Heat are really good enough to topple the defending champions 96-80 on their home floor.

Of course, that's not all that happened Christmas Day, despite what the TV ratings suggest. The Bulls-Knicks rivalry is back, with the two faces of each team, Derrick Rose and Amar'e Stoudemire, going at it verbally. 

It also looks like the Orlando Magic made the right decision switching things up, as the Magic have now taken down the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. Once you're done reading the power rankings, it'll be clear why this is such an impressive feat.

Here's the official Bleacher Report stance on the top NBA teams heading into 2011.


The Bleacher Report NBA Power Rankings are done by averaging individual featured columnists' tallies. This week's contributors were Lance Pauker (NBA), James Schmidt (Rockets), John Friel (Heat), Patrick Harrel (Rockets), Brian Chappatta (Bulls),  Preston DeGarmo (Blazers) and Bryan Toporek (NBA Team Leader).

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