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NBA Power Rankings Roundup: Atlanta Hawks still on top

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Let's take a look at where writers from across the nation rank the Hawks in this week's NBA power ranking roundup.

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Well the streak came to an end after a glorious run of 19 straight games.  The Hawks are still at the top of the conference despite going .500 on the week.  Anyway, let's take a look at where the Hawks fall in the rankings.

Drew Garrison of sbnation.com gets this started as he keeps the Hawks at No. 1.

The Hawks had a brutal schedule last week, but their win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday was a statement victory and enough to keep them at the top of the ladder. Their streak came to an end last Monday and they later dropped one to Memphis on Sunday, but that doesn't take away from how well they've been playing.

John Schuhmann of NBA.com also keeps the Hawks on top in his latest ranking.

The Hawks had won 14 straight games that were within five points in the last five minutes, before coming up empty on six straight possessions down the stretch in Memphis on Sunday. Before that though, they scored 124 points and hit 15 3s against the No. 1 defense in the league. They finish their pre-break schedule with two suddenly frisky opponents.

Usatoday.com has the Hawks at No. 1 and wonders if Al Horford has something to do with it.

Their ascent coincided with Al Horford's return to form, so maybe it's not that big of a surprise.

Matt Moore of CBSsports.com keeps the Juggerhawks at No. 1 in his latest ranking.

Best win of the season Friday vs. the Warriors followed by a tough road loss to the Grizzlies: a reminder of how thankful they should be that they don't play in the Western Conference death gauntlet.

Matt Dollinger of SI.com acknowledges the Hawks no longer have the best record, but he gives credit where it is due after beating the Warriors.

The Hawks no longer have the NBA’s best record after a loss to the Grizzlies, but their surgical win over theWarriors keeps them on top for the fourth straight week. For those keeping track, Atlanta already has four more wins than last season despite 30 games remaining.

Next, Kurt Helin of NBCsports.com gives his reason of why the Hawks are on top.

They dropped two games last week to quality teams — New Orleans and Memphis — but their body of work over the previous five weeks keeps them in the top spot for now. The Hawks remain 8-2 against the West’s playoff teams. Interesting little test for Jeff Teague this week against the suddenly hot Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports gets thoughts from Chauncey Billups in his power ranking for the week.

Ex-Pistons star Chauncey Billups said the Hawks remind him of Detroit’s 2004 NBA champions because of their unselfish play and tough defense.

Finally, Marc Stein of ESPN.com keeps the Hawks at top and takes note of their success against the daunted western conference.

The Hawks probably had that taunting tweet from the Grizz coming, given how aggressive they've been with their own Twitter feed, but you can live with a narrow loss at Memphis when you're 8-2 against the West's top eight ... with the Ls coming to the Grizz and Spurs by a combined eight points.

That does it for this weeks ranking roundup and as we can see the Hawks remain on top.  As always let me know of your thoughts with this weeks ranking roundup.