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Sunday, February 8, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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NBA power rankings

Seattle Times NBA reporter

1. Dallas (5): Jamison making a strong bid for sixth man of year.
2. Minnesota (2): Cassell, 34, the second-oldest first-time All-Star.
3. Detroit (3): Rookie Milicic sounds off, demands to meet with Brown.
4. Indiana (1): Pacers considering trading for Golden State's Van Exel.
5. Memphis (6): Brown gets 500th win as pro coach; 396 in the NBA.
6. San Antonio (7): Duncan aside, no Spur a starter on other West teams.
7. New Jersey (13): 6-0 since firing Scott and hiring Frank.
8. Denver (11): Melo, Miller question Allen, Kirilenko All-Star bids.
9. Sacramento (4): Check Vlade's visa. He says he's 36. More like 46.
10. New York (20): Thomas tops old boss Bird as Knicks beat Pacers.
11. Houston (9): Francis on Van Gundy: Not the best of friends.
12. Lakers (8): Shaq out $295,000 for expletive-laced tirade.
13. Milwaukee (10): Ford misses Rookie Challenge by a vote.
14. Cleveland (19): LeBron gets hosed. Cavs blame Fratello.
15. Clippers: (17): Q-Rich's 8 treys against Boston sets franchise mark.
16. Portland (15): Wallace ejected for first time since 2001-02 season.
17. Seattle (16): Now or never; next 9 games vs. sub-.500 teams.
18. Utah (14): Sloan needed a few attempts to get 900th NBA win.
19. New Orleans (12): Davis injured but won't miss All-Star Game.
20. Golden State (18): Should trade Dampier; he'll opt out after season.
21. Miami (22): Odom has all All-Star stats except one — wins.
22. Philadelphia (25): Iverson rips 76ers: "I don't see the fight in us."
23. Boston (21): Baker wants to play, will push for release.
24. Toronto (23): Carter's brother charged with drug possession.
25. Atlanta (24): Even a team this bad can knock off Bucks, T-wolves.
26. Phoenix (26): Johnson averaging 22-plus since Marbury traded.
27. Washington (27): Arenas, Stack healthy for first time this season.
28. Orlando (28): Strickland, 37, wants trade to a playoff contender.
29. Chicago (29): Crawford could return to Seattle, play for Sonics.
Last week's rankings in parentheses.

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