Shocker at Staples -- Kings upset Lakers, 100-95


Shocker at Staples -- Kings upset Lakers, 100-95


LOS ANGELES (AP) The Sacramento Kingsseemed downright stunned by what they had just done, throwing towelsand hollering with unfamiliar joy in Staples Center's sparse visitors'locker room. DeMarcus Cousins led the festivities, bubbling with jokesand busting on everything from Carl Landry's shoes to Omri Casspi'sdeodorant."I feel like I won a championship now," the big man said with a joking smirk.Cousins realizes Sacramento'ssurprising 100-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday nightwasn't for a title. It's certainly the high point of this young team'smiserable season - and for one improbable evening, the Kings werebetter than the champions.Cousins had 27 points and 10rebounds, and Casspi added 20 points as the club with the NBA'sthird-worst record (11-33) beat the two-time defending champs in theirown building, snapping an eight-game losing streak to Sacramento'sformer archrivals in the process."Obviously they're the best team inthe league, they're the champions, and it feels good," Casspi said."It's a great way to get our first win down here together, and it's agreat way to start a tough stretch of games. We feel really good."Samuel Dalembert scored 18 points asthe Kings (11-33) jumped to a 20-point lead in the third quarteragainst the Lakers' uninterested defense. The Kings then survived theLakers' late rally for their first win over Los Angeles since December2008.Kobe Bryant passed Hakeem Olajuwonfor eighth place on the NBA's career scoring list while scoring 21 ofhis 38 points in the first quarter, but the Lakers sure appeared to getcaught looking ahead to Sunday's NBA finals rematch with Boston."I don't think so," Bryant said in his clipped postgame comments. "Maybe a little bit, but I doubt it."Even though captain Derek Fisher puta two-day ban on all talk and thought about the Celtics duringThursday's practice, the Lakers resembled the disorganized,disinterested bunch that overlooked Milwaukee in an embarrassing homeloss four days before the Miami Heat's visit on Christmas - anotherblowout defeat.Shannon Brown scored 17 points, butPau Gasol struggled with nine points on 4-of-11 shooting, and LamarOdom had just four points while missing all seven of his field goalattempts. Los Angeles has won 10 of 13, but just three of its last sixheading into Sunday."We didn't execute defensively verywell," Bryant said. "We blew so many coverages and gave so many openlooks. We were a little out of sync and slow in our rotations, and itcost us. We just weren't sharp defensively at all. We've still got workto do. We still have to continue to work at it and get moreconsistent."Cousins scored 22 points in thefirst half before finishing one point shy of his career high for theKings, who pulled the upset after losing eight of their previous 10.The Kings earned their thirdimpressive road win in the past three weeks. Sacramento also won at NewYork and Portland before posting its first road victory over the Lakerssince March 2008.Dalembert and Casspi led a crisp18-4 run after halftime, and Sacramento eventually went ahead 81-61midway through the third quarter. Dalembert took over where Cousinsleft off exploiting Los Angeles' 7-footers from the perimeter, hittinghis first five shots after halftime."The start of the third quarter wascertainly the key to the game," Sacramento coach Paul Westphal said."Everything went great for us. We were able to build up that big lead,and they weren't able to chip it away. We did struggle a lot at theend, but we did hold on. That's big progress from some of the thingswe've had happen to us earlier in the year."The Lakers trimmed the lead to 14points heading into the fourth quarter, and consecutive dunks by Bryantand Gasol cut Sacramento's edge to 93-89 with 3:19 to play. But theLakers got just one point out of their next three possessions, andCasspi tipped home Tyreke Evans' missed jumper with 1:29 to play beforethe Kings hit free throws in the final minute."I think we're surprised," Lakerscoach Phil Jackson said. "We played some defense in the fourth quarter,but it seemed to be the only quarter we could really get up and defend.... Their big guys came out and really took it (to) our guys andcarried the day for their team."In Bryant's first game since earninga starting spot at Staples Center next month in his 13th All-Star game,the leading All-Star vote-getter needed 13 points to pass Olajuwon. Hegot them all in the first 8 12 minutes, breaking downcourt for aone-handed jam for the decisive 24,947th point.NOTES: Cousins and Gasol exchangedangry looks and lightly bumped chests with 2:52 to play after Gasolforced a turnover by pressuring Cousins near the Lakers' bench. ...Fans entering Staples Center were told they might appear in "Jack andJill," a movie starring Adam Sandler, Al Pacino and Katie Holmes.Director Dennis Dugan ("Happy Gilmore") was in the building with acrew.

Warriors' Durant exhibits entire scoring arsenal vs Blazers

Warriors' Durant exhibits entire scoring arsenal vs Blazers

OAKLAND – In the final preseason game on the schedule, at his new home of Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant entered the highlight zone.

The team’s newest superstar exhibited his entire scoring arsenal, dropping 3-pointers, soaring in for dunks and swishing mid-range post-ups.

The most impressive dunk came with 9:02 left in the quarter, when Durant took a pass from Draymond Green and finished the fast break by taking off from about 10 feet and throwing it down.

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The most impressive trey came with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter, when Steph Curry came down in transition, slipped a pass to Durant, who threw it in from 32 feet.

Durant scored 14 points in the third quarter, 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21, 5-of-8, 1-of-2), seven rebounds, six assists and one block.

Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers


Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers


OAKLAND – The preseason ended Friday night with the kind of offensive fireworks the Warriors expect to carry into the regular season.

Stephen Curry scored 35 points and Kevin Durant poured in 28 points as the Warriors overcame an early 16-point deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-96 at Oracle Arena.

Ian Clark added 17 points to bolster the scoring of Curry and Durant.

With the exception of the first five minutes, the Warriors starters sparkled, outscoring Portland 84-50 over the next 31 minutes and leading by as much as 21.

The Warriors finished the preseason with a 6-1 record.

Damian Lillard, playing two miles from his old neighborhood, led Portland with 20 points. CJ McCollum added 16.


Simply put, that would be Curry and Durant.

Curry’s line: 35 points (12-of-21 from the field, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the line), four rebounds and two assists. He scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters. He played 28 minutes and finished plus-17.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21, 5-of-8, 1-of-2), seven rebounds, six assists and one blocked shot. He scored 14 points in the third quarter. Durant played 31 minutes and finished plus-2.


Draymond Green didn’t score much, only 4 points, but his put his fingerprints on this game in just about every other way. He hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds, passed for six assists, adding a steal and a blocked shot. He played 26 efficient minutes, finishing plus-15.

Ian Clark still is trying to nail down a spot in the rotation and he made another impressive argument on his behalf. Coming off the bench with 4:09 left in the first quarter, he took two shots and made them both, including a 3-pointer. Playing both guard positions, Clark had 17 points (7-of-11, 3-of-6), two assists, one rebound and one block.


Warriors: C JaVale McGee (L knee strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) was listed as out.

Blazers: C Meyers Leonard (lower back soreness) and G Shabazz Napier (L ankle sprain) were listed as questionable. Leonard entered in the third quarter. Napier did not play. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) was listed as out.


The Warriors open the season Tuesday, Oct. 25, when the San Antonio Spurs visit Oracle Arena.