Kings ripped in 2nd and 3rd, lose to Mavs

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Kings ripped in 2nd and 3rd, lose to Mavs

Feb. 16, 2011BOXSCORE KINGS VIDEONBAPAGE NBASCOREBOARD
DALLAS (AP) As Rodrigue Beaubois sat out the first 54 games recovering from a foot injury, his potential grew exponentially to Dallas Mavericks fans. The season debut of the young, energetic guard belovedly dubbed "Roddy B" was so ridiculously anticipated that team owner Mark Cuban joked Beaubois would enter wearing Superman's cape, accompanied by the Mighty Mouse theme.Well, maybe it wasn't all that overblown.Beaubois had 13 points, six assists, three steals and all sorts of highlights in his first 21 minutes, providing a spark that sent the Mavericks to a 116-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night."This night is a great feeling," said Beaubois, a native of the island of Guadeloupe. "I didn't have any expectations - just to enjoy it because I've been waiting for it for a long time. I think I'm ready to go."Beaubois' speed and athleticism were on display as soon as he entered - to a standing ovation, of course, just 2 minutes into the game - and again during a gamebreaking run in the third quarter. Jason Kidd actually paved the way with 17 points in that period, all on long shots, many set up by the defense backing up to prevent Beaubois from soaring to the basket."He's going to get us a lot of wide-open looks," said Kidd, who made his first six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points in 28 minutes. "The big thing is just for him to get more minutes and to get more comfortable."The Mavericks won for the 12th time in 13 games, although this one was a bit weird. The starters didn't take a single free throw, Dirk Nowitzki didn't score a single point in the second half and they let a 13-point halftime lead melt away a few minutes into the third quarter.Then Kidd and Beaubois put together a 13-0 spurt that eventually stretched to 24-4. Dallas led by 26 before settling for tying its biggest margin of victory. The Mavs had eight players score in double figures, with five of them reserves. That included Brendan Haywood having a season-high 12 points with 10 rebounds, and J.J. Barea having 11 points and 10 assists.Still, this night was all about Beaubois.He got things going shortly after checking in, grabbing a loose ball near the foul line and turning it into a scooping layup. Soon after, he outjumped 7-foot teammate Tyson Chandler for a rebound and zoomed ahead of everyone else for a hardly contested layup.Fans were still oohing and aahing when he reminded everyone that he's still a raw player by throwing a pass straight to a Sacramento player on Dallas' next possession. He did it again on the next possession. Then he bounced back with a steal and another breakaway layup, only this time he added some sizzle by smartly switching the ball to his left hand when a defender cut across to his right side reaching for the steal.He finished 6 of 13, making 1 of 4 on 3-pointers. He had only one more turnover after those back-to-back giveaways."I thought it was, all things considered, pretty solid," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "Predictably, there were some ups and downs, but the important thing was he was able to get involved."As a rookie last season, Beaubois scored 16 points in 21 minutes in the playoff finale, leading to an offseason of him being hailed as the team's budding star. Then he broke his left foot during a practice with the French national team before the world championships and had a much longer than expected recovery.
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With the NFL season done and baseball not yet cranked up, his return has been the talk of the town for days. He was greeted by a pregame video clip from the movie "Rudy," with his head superimposed on the lead character and chants of "Rod-dy! Rod-dy!" Then came the standing ovation."I just want to keep getting better and just show them that I really appreciate it," Beaubois said.He spoke with a bucket of ice next to his left foot. Perhaps it was telling that he hadn't bothered yet to soak it."The foot is good," he said. "I have to get my legs into it. The cardio is kind of tough."Jermaine Taylor scored a career-high 17 points, but Sacramento lost for the seventh time in eight games. The Kings were playing their second straight game without Tyreke Evans, their leading scorer at 18.3 points per game, because of a foot injury.Evans' ball-handling was especially missed. Sacramento had 26 turnovers, which led to 38 points for Dallas."When he doesn't play, teams tend to score a lot more on us and we tend to turn the ball over a lot more," coach Paul Westphal said. "He's a big part of us being competitive."Sacramento led by six in the opening minutes, but Dallas tied it at the end of the quarter and were up by 13 at halftime. The Kings tied it quickly, then faded just as quickly, making the entire fourth quarter garbage time.Notes: The previous Wednesday, the Mavericks beat the Kings by only two points in Sacramento. Evans' absence and Beaubois' return certainly were part of the difference. ... With speculation about the Mavericks being involved in the Carmelo Anthony trade talks, Cuban joked that his only proposal is for him and Anthony to try buying the New York Mets. ... Fans cheered loudly when it was announced that the Cavaliers beat the Lakers. Dallas started the day percentage points ahead of Los Angeles for second in the Western Conference.
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Green: Wins over Cavs, OKC and Rockets 'our best week of the season'

Green: Wins over Cavs, OKC and Rockets 'our best week of the season'

It may have helped that they had been at home for roughly three weeks.

It surely was to their benefit that the NBA schedule provided three days without a game before they confronted perhaps one of the most rigorous weeks of the season.

The Warriors, however, still had to do the work. They still had to finish.

They still had to beat the team that had roughed them up 22 days earlier, and then squelch another squad coming into Oracle Arena on a wave of emotion and, finally, take to the road and get back at a team that handed them a loss in Oakland.

Done, done and done. And in such a fashion that forward Draymond Green referred to it as “our best week of the season.”

In putting away the Rockets 125-108 on Friday in Houston, the Warriors closed out the traditional worker’s week with a 3-0 record against three teams they could see in the postseason. They’d already routed the defending champion Cavaliers 126-91 on Monday and struck down the Thunder 121-101 on Wednesday.

“It’s three good teams in a row,” Kevin Durant told reporters in Houston. “We definitely wanted to come out and make a nice statement, and I think we did that.

“We always can get better. We can’t relax against Orlando, Miami and Charlotte, teams that can creep up on you and have been playing well lately.”

The Magic, Heat and Hornets -- all dreadful to mediocre -- are the kinds of teams that force the Warriors to compete. They don’t stir the senses like the Cavs or the Thunder or the Rockets, three teams with credentials that demand attention from a Warriors team that sometimes cruises against lesser competition.

So this week was not just about winning games. These weren’t just wins, they were emphatic statements, profound evidence that the team remodeled last summer around the addition of Durant is coming together in the heart of the season.

The defense was tight, with Cleveland shooting 35.2 percent, OKC 42.2 percent and Houston 20.0 percent from beyond the arc, which is the only place that matters for the Rockets.

The Warriors resorted to one of their signature turbocharged third quarters to separate from the Rockets. Shooting 61.9 percent and scoring 9 points off Houston turnovers, the Warriors outscored Houston 37-22 in the third, stretching a five-point halftime lead to 20 going into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors now have an NBA-best differential of plus-250 points in the third quarter this season.

“It’s just something that we put an emphasis on,” Green said. “Coming out and getting off to a good start in the second half. Not coming out flat and giving another team life or letting them go on a run and then trying to make it up. And once we go on our run, we can get rolling pretty well and make it tough on other teams.”

That was the case this week, as the Warriors topped 50 percent from the field in all three victories.

Durant scored 32 points against Houston and averaged 31 points over the last three games. Stephen Curry put in 24 points and averaged 22.7 for the week. Green, meanwhile, averaged 12.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 3.7 blocks.

“It was our best week of the season because we’ve gotten better each time we’ve stepped on the floor this week,” Green said. “And that’s what’s most important. It’s not about blasting these three teams. It’s about getting better, and trying to reach our end goal. In order to do that, you have to get better each and every time you step on the floor.

“We did that these three games, so that’s the most important thing. That’s why it’s been a good week, not because of the margin of the wins that we had.”

Instant Replay: Warriors ground Rockets, run win streak to six games

Instant Replay: Warriors ground Rockets, run win streak to six games

BOX SCORE

The Warriors avenged yet another loss Friday night, rolling into Houston and laying a 125-108 beating on the Rockets at Toyota Center.

All five Warriors starters scored in double figures, with Kevin Durant totaling 32 points to lead the way. Stephen Curry finished with 24 points, Klay Thompson with 16, Draymond Green with 15 and Zaza Pachulia added 10.

The Warriors (37-6) suffocated Houston’s high-powered offense, which is predicated on 3-point shooting, holding the Rockets to 20 percent (7-of-35) beyond the arc. The Warriors forced 15 turnovers, off which they scored 19 points.

Backup center Clint Capela scored 22 points to lead Houston (33-13). MVP candidate James Harden was held to 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including 0-of-5 from 3-point distance.

Having beaten the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, the Warriors this week evened the ledger against two elite teams. They lost to Houston on Dec. 1 in Oakland, 132-127, in double overtime that accounted for one of only three losses at Oracle Arena.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

The entire starting lineup played well, but Durant proved too much for anything the Rockets threw at him.

Durant’s line: 32 points (12-of-19 shooting from the field, including 2-of-7 from deep, 6-of-7 from the line), seven assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He played 34 minutes and was plus-25 for the game.

TURNING POINT

After Houston trimmed their lead to five (64-59) with 11:39 remaining in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 23-8 run, punctuated by a 28-foot 3-pointer by Curry to go up 87-67 with 5:58 left in the quarter.

The Warriors led by 20 entering the fourth quarter, and the Rockets got no closer than 15 over the final 12 minutes.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: C/F David West (L thumb fracture) was listed as out.

Rockets: F Ryan Anderson (flu) was listed as questionable but upgraded to available. He was in the starting lineup, but played only nine minutes before leaving for good.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Sunday in Orlando, where they face the Magic at Amway Center. Tipoff is scheduled for noon Pacific.