2012 NBA power rankings: Sixers just outside of top 10 after 2-1 week

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The Philadelphia 76ers moved up to No. 11 in SB Nation's latest NBA power rankings after Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner led them to a 2-1 week.

The Philadelphia 76ers had their three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, but it was still a strong week for the Sixers as they improved to 10-7.

Victories over the Dallas Mavericks and Charlotte Bobcats before Saturday's loss to the Chicago Bulls helped Philadelphia move up four spots in the most recent SB Nation NBA power rankings to No. 11. SB Nation's Seth Rosenthal had this to say about the team that almost cracked his top 10:

I don't get the feeling that anybody's thinking too hard about Philly's up-and-down play as a team (and it's mostly been up anyway). As long as Andrew Bynum's out, everyone kinda just shrugs at the Sixers' performance, particularly on offense (now, one hopes that isn't a perma-shrug. It remains to be seen). What's encouraging with or without Bynum is the individual excellence of Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and, every other day or so, Evan Turner.

Turner led the 76ers in both of their victories this week, scoring 22 points against Dallas before putting up a double- double against Charlotte with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Holiday is leading the team in both scoring and assists, averaging 18.5 points and 9.3 assists per game.

The Sixers are back in action on Tuesday when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7 p.m. ET.

To see what Rosenthal had to say about the rest of the league, you can read the full power rankings here.

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