Curry, Evans, Cousins to play in Rookie Challenge

Curry, Evans, Cousins to play in Rookie Challenge


NEW YORK (APCSN) Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, the reigning Rookie of the Year, and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin lead a group of 18 players selected for the Rookie Challenge.The squads for the game pitting rookies against second-year players were announced Tuesday. They will play Feb. 18 in Los Angeles ahead of the NBA All-Star game.Joining Evans on the Sophomore team are: Spurs center DeJuan Blair, Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Bulls forward Taj Gibson, 76ers guard Jrue Holiday, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Bucks guard Brandon Jennings and Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews.The other rookies are: Wizards guard John Wall, Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, Nets forward Derrick Favors, Knicks guard Landry Fields, Timberwolves guard Wesley Johnson, Pistons center Greg Monroe and Spurs guard Gary Neal.

Evans, picked fourth overall by the Kings in the 2009 NBA Draft, is following up his Rookie of the Year campaign with a solid season in Sacramento. The former Memphis Tiger is putting up 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists in 40 games with the 12-33 Kings.
Curry, the Warriors' first-round pick in 2009, is averaging 19.1 points and 5.9 assists in 39 games this season after finishing second to Evans in last year's Rookie of the Year voting.
Cousins, who the Kings selected with the fifth overall pick in last year's draft, is averaging 13.5 points per game, but has put up 52 points and 22 rebounds and back-to-back double-doubles in Sacramento's last two games, upset wins over the Lakers and the Hornets.

Durant starts Warriors career off hot despite rough loss

Durant starts Warriors career off hot despite rough loss

OAKLAND – Kevin Durant’s Warriors debut started in spectacular fashion, making his first four shots, before he and his teammates faded in a 129-100 loss to San Antonio Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

Durant scored the team’s first bucket, a turnaround jumper 65 seconds after tipoff. He later added a step-back jumper, a fadeaway and a pull-up 3-pointer to end the quarter with 9 points on 4-of-5 shooting.

He also blocked two shots in the quarter.

That was as good as it got for Durant and the Warriors.

Durant finished with a team-high 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including 1-of-3 from deep. He added 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and the two blocks.

Instant Replay: Vlasic's OT goal lifts Sharks past Ducks


Instant Replay: Vlasic's OT goal lifts Sharks past Ducks


SAN JOSE – Last season, the Sharks had the worst home record of any team that made it to the playoffs. They’re off to a good start so far in reversing that in the 2016-17 campaign.

The Sharks won their second game in as many tries at SAP Center on Tuesday, beating the Ducks, 2-1. Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored the winner in overtime, flying up the wing and cutting to the net before flicking it past John Gibson at 1:24.

The Sharks ended a two-game losing streak, improving to 4-3-0 on the season. The Ducks fell to 2-3-2. San Jose has won nine of its last 10 against its Pacific Division rival at SAP Center.

The Sharks broke out of a power play slump with a Joe Pavelski goal at 7:58. The captain managed to direct a Patrick Marleau rebound over the goal line just before the net came off of its moorings for his third goal.

The Sharks went just 2-for-17 on the power play on their five game road trip, with one empty net goal and another on a two-man advantage.

San Jose controlled play for much of the second period, outshooting the Ducks 15-5, but couldn’t increase its lead. Gibson stopped Micheal Haley from the circle midway through, and Joel Ward couldn’t quite handle a centering pass in front of the net by Logan Couture a few minutes later.

Anaheim managed to tie it late in the frame. Chris Wagner redirected a Clayton Stoner floater from the point and snuck the rebound through Martin Jones at 17:49.

The third period was scoreless despite three power plays, two that belonged to San Jose. The Sharks' top unit had plenty of zone time, but couldn’t connect on anything, leading to their first overtime game of the season.

Sharks coach Pete DeBoer rearranged all four of his lines after his club was shut out in Detroit on Saturday. Mikkel Boedker joined the top line, while Tomas Hertl centered the third line with Marleau and Melker Karlsson.

Anaheim’s Jonathan Bernier started the game and lasted one period before he was replaced by Gibson to start the second, due to an upper body injury.

Anaheim lost Ryan Getzlaf for the third period. He left the bench for a stretch in the second period with an upper body injury after blocking a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot, returned, but did not come out for the final frame.

Special teams

The Sharks were 1-for-5 on the power play, and 3-for-3 on the PK.

San Jose was forced to kill off 38 seconds of a Ducks two-man advantage shortly after it had taken the lead. Haley was issued an instigator and game misconduct for jumping Stoner after the Ducks defenseman hit Marleau up high, while Hertl received a minor for a faceoff violation.

In goal

Jones ended a personal three-game losing streak with 19 saves.

In his second start of the season, Bernier made 10 saves on 11 shots before his departure. Gibson allowed just the overtime goal on 25 shots.


Matt Nieto came out of the lineup as a healthy scratch for the second time in the last four games.

Up next

The Sharks host the Blue Jackets on Thursday. It will be the second and final meeting, after San Jose beat Columbus on Oct. 15, 3-2. Nashville visits on Saturday.