Week 6 NBA Power Rankings

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Week 6 NBA Power Rankings

By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 5 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at @BullsTalkCSN with comments or criticisms.
Past rankings: Preseason  Week 1  Week 2  Week 3  Week 4  Week 5

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 Mark Comments 1
 Tony: Hottest team in the league right now.
 Mark: Eight straight wins for the West's best home team.
 2
 Tony: Riding a five-game winning streak behind Parker.
 Mark: Imagine how good they'll be when Kawhi Leonard comes back.
 3
 Tony: Dominated the Heat, but couldn't run with the Bulls.
 Mark: Wade's shot coming back around, prompting LeBron to tell Barkley to "shut up."
 4
 Tony: Dynamic team, but a bit inconsistent to start.
Mark: Looked fantastic without Carmelo, but they're glad to have the early season MVP back. 
 5
 Tony: Would be the class of the West if not for OKCSA.
 Mark: Six straight wins, led by a red-hot Blake Griffin.
 6
 Tony: Wow, when did they become THE team in L.A.?
 Mark: December has been a rough stretch. 7
 Tony: Have won 8 of 10 to put them among NBA's best.
 Mark: Huge jump this week, but it's deserved. You can thank Steph Curry. 8
 Tony: Really looking like a playoff team.
 Mark: Love what Lou Williams is doing for a bench that needs scoring. 9
 Tony: Still clutching first place, but not by much.
 Mark: Have lost 3 of 5, but the talent is still there.
 10
 Tony: Need to find a way to win on the road.
 Mark: Andray Blatche puts up decent numbers, but they need Brook Lopez back.
 11
 Tony: If Holiday goes down, they're doomed.
 Mark: Joakim Noah is a dark horse for MVP the way he's playing on both ends so far.
 12
 Tony: Four-game losing streak bumps them down.
 Mark: Dead last in rebounds per game.
 13
 Tony: Have won three straight to climb over .500.
 Mark: Larry Sanders leads the NBA in blocks per game. Read that again.
 14
 Tony: HomeRoad splits are scary.
 Mark: Nash still 2 weeks away, which means L.A. is 2 weeks away from turning this around.
 15
 Tony: Not time to push panic button, but at least time to bring it out of storage.
 Mark: Won 4 of 5 to start December. 16
 Tony: Need to get their frontcourt rotation nailed down.
 Mark: Al Jefferson quietly putting together a monster season for the Jazz.
 17
 Tony: Just too inconsistent right now, but will be there in the end.
 Mark: Defense keeping them in the playoff hunt.
 18
 Tony: They're starting to get healthier, playoff push time?
 Mark: Ty Lawson picking things up lately.
 19
 Tony: Ninth out of 9 teams vying for playoff spots in the East.
 Mark: T-Wolves can't wait to get Rubio back, other 29 teams just fine waiting.
 20
 Tony: They can't even win when Lin puts up 38. Ouch.
 Mark: Omer Asik now hitting 17-footers in Houston. Convinced he was trolling Chicago.
 21
 Tony: See? Can't hack it when injuries hit because of lack of depth.
 Mark: They're winning games lately (3-of-5), but not playing anyone good (CLE, CHA, TOR).
 22
 Tony: Best of the worst in the East.
 Mark: Likely Lottery-bound, but this is an impressive turnaround led by Greg Monroe.
 23
 Tony: They have talent, but that's about it.
 Mark: Anthony Davis has the talent to turn the tides for the Pelicans Hornets.
 24
 Tony: Been better of late since their horrendous start.
 Mark: 3-2 on recent West roadtrip was nice to see. Still haven't played at home in Dec.
 25
 Tony: Getting Anthony Davis back. Eric Gordon on the horizon?
 Mark: Had won three in a row before loss in Dallas.
 26
 Tony: Have lost eight straight after their 7-5 start.
 Mark: Fast start was fun, but reality setting in fast on Mike Dunlap's group.
 27
 Tony: What are they doing with Marcin Gortat? Do they even know?
 Mark: Injuries just won't let this team play healthy together.
 28
 Tony: Kyrie coming back, but he can't do it alone.
 Mark: 5-5 at home, but just 2-11 away from Phoenix.
 29
 Tony: All the big offseason acquisitions haven't helped, huh?
 Mark: Still think Tristan Thompson has the skill set to be a star in the NBA.
 30
 Tony: Just flat-out awful. What is there to say?
 Mark: Injuries continue to decimate an already-shallow roster.

Sky beat Atlanta to advance to WNBA semis

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Sky beat Atlanta to advance to WNBA semis

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Courtney Vandersloot scored 21 points with 13 assists, Jessica Breland had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 108-98 on Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs.

The Sky broke it open in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Tamera Young made fast-break layups on consecutive possessions during Chicago's 10-2 run to start the quarter for a 66-52 lead. Atlanta was outscored 31-20 in the quarter.

Chicago cruised in the fourth — setting a season-high for points — and will face Los Angeles in a best-of-five series beginning Wednesday in LA.

Reigning MVP Elena Delle Donne missed her sixth straight game for Chicago with a thumb injury but it didn't seem to faze the Sky on the offensive end. Chicago had 26 assists, made 55 percent of its shots, and Young and Cappie Pondexter each scored 16 points.

Chicago set a WNBA record for the most points in the first quarter of a playoff game when the Sky built a 37-25 lead. But Angel McCoughtry kept the Dream within 56-50 at halftime after scoring 21 points, including 10 of Atlanta's first 14 points.

Tiffany Hayes, who didn't play in the first round due to a one-game suspension for accrued technicals in the regular season, scored 30 points for Atlanta. McCoughtry finished with 27 points, six rebounds and nine assists.

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was in attendance wearing a Cubs jersey.

Rory McIlroy wins Tour Championship, FedEx Cup in dramatic fashion

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Rory McIlroy wins Tour Championship, FedEx Cup in dramatic fashion

ATLANTA (AP) -- Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it.

McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win at East Lake in a playoff and claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.

In its 10th year, the FedEx Cup never had a finish like this.

McIlroy won on the 16th hole, where his stunning rally began in regulation when he holed out from 137 yards for eagle and then made birdie on the final hole for a 64 to join a three-man playoff with Ryan Moore (64) and Kevin Chappell (66).

Chappell was eliminated with a par on the first extra hole.