Stanford stuns No. 17 Washington in 58-56 win

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Stanford stuns No. 17 Washington in 58-56 win

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STANFORD (AP) Washingtonlooked frantic and out of sync, a team dearly missing injured pointguard Abdul Gaddy and the rhythm he brings.
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Stanford pushed the tempo and pulled off a surprise.Josh Owens scored the go-ahead basketon a left-handed tip-in with 29 seconds left and the Cardinal stunnedthe 17th-ranked Huskies 58-56 on Thursday night to stay unbeaten athome this season."I just went up and tried to make aplay. I personally thought the shot was going in, and then the guardgot a position on my man under the basket and I got a portion thatrolled," Owens said.Scott Suggs missed a baseline3-pointer moments later for Washington after he knocked down a tying 3with 1:08 left. Stanford's Jeremy Green was whistled for a foul againstJustin Holiday on the rebound, but Holiday missed both free throws with2.5 seconds on the clock - the second on purpose with hopes of givinghis team another chance.The Huskies (12-4, 4-1 Pac-10) caughta break when Dwight Powell was called for traveling on the rebound,giving them the ball back for one final try. Holiday missed a longjumper from the right wing as the buzzer sounded."I wanted the ball. The plan was forme to get a lob, but when they helped, I didn't get that much time toshoot it," Holiday said.Owens had 14 points and Green added12 for Stanford (10-5, 3-1) in the biggest victory yet for third-yearcoach Johnny Dawkins. It was the Cardinal's first game against a rankedopponent this season."I hadn't thought about that. I don'treally look at them that way," Dawkins said of where this win ranks forhim on The Farm. "I'm just really proud of our guys' effort for 40minutes. I thought we played hard. I think we protected the home courtvery well."Stanford is 8-0 in Maples Pavilionfor the program's best start on its home floor since going 14-0 duringa 26-0 start in 2003-04.Powell had 11 points and seven rebounds for Stanford, including a key putback with 1:44 to play.Holiday finished with 15 points,including eight straight early in the second half after going 0 for 5in the opening 20 minutes. Isaiah Thomas added 14 points and sevenassists for the Huskies, who couldn't hold an 11-point lead with 8:55left and had their six-game winning streak snapped.The Cardinal beat a ranked opponentfor the first time since a 74-64 victory against No. 21 Arizona Stateon March 5, 2009. It was their first home victory against a Top 25 teamsince a 75-69 win over rival and No. 22 California on Jan. 17, 2009.Stanford had lost the last six to the Huskies and seven of 10. All three Washington wins last season were by double digits."It just feels good to finally beatthem. Ever since I was a freshman, we haven't got the win," Green said."I'm proud of our team, glad that we were able to come out here andcompete."Venoy Overton's layup with 8:55remaining put Washington ahead 51-40, but Stanford kept chipping awayby creating second and third opportunities on offense.Jarrett Mann's dunk with 6:02 leftpulled the Cardinal within 51-48. Anthony Brown followed with a putbackand Green hit a go-ahead 3 the next time down to make it 53-51 with3:47 left. Washington called timeout, then tied it on Holiday's jumperat 3:23."They didn't quit when we were up 11with 10 to go," Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We failed to box outat the end. We missed free throws and layups and had some turnoversthat were very costly at the 7- or 8-minute mark. We weren't able toturn it around at the end."The cold-shooting Huskies had theirPac-10 winning streak snapped at 11 games, held to their lowest scoringtotal of the season and 36.2 percent shooting from the field.Washington lost Gaddy for the seasonlast week to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He hadbeen scheduled for surgery Friday.Thomas' three-point play with 10:37left put Washington ahead 49-38 for its first double-digit lead.Washington never looked in sync early and couldn't convert when itcounted. Stanford ended a six-game skid in the rivalry.This marked Washington's first gamesince Romar acknowledged one of his players is being investigated bypolice following an allegation last weekend.
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Romar and his players have tried to keep all the focus on basketball this week."I don't think that was an issue atall," Romar said. "Both teams played hard the whole game. We bothmissed a lot of layups. Things don't go the way you want sometimes."The Huskies failed to come throughin crunch time on their first stop of the always-tough trip to the BayArea. Washington also had its road winning streak in Pac-10 play end atsix.The Huskies, who play at defendingconference champion California on Sunday night, were off to their bestconference start since beginning 6-0 in the 1983-84 season.Washington, with its three previouslosses coming at the hands of ranked opponents in Kentucky, MichiganState and Texas A&M, began a stretch with five of seven games onthe road.Stanford hadn't faced a Top 25 team since Dec. 22, 2009, in a 100-87 loss to 23rd-ranked Texas Tech.The Huskies shot 35.7 percent - including 3 for 10 from long range - in the first half and trailed 29-28 at the break.

Kings' Cousins: 'Only goal this season' is to make playoffs

Kings' Cousins: 'Only goal this season' is to make playoffs

With their 109-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, the Sacramento Kings sit 10 games under .500 at 17-27. In almost any other season, that would mean that they were dead in the water in the Western Conference playoff race. But this it the 2016-17 season where anything is possible at the bottom.

Following Sacramento’s win at the Palace at Auburn Hills, DeMarcus Cousins was asked about the playoff picture.

“It’s my only goal this season,” Cousins told reporters following the game. “My only goal.” 

When pushed on the subject, he gave a more complete answer.

“Oh man, it’s eating me alive - every loss or every time another team wins that’s battling for the eighth spot, it’s eating me alive,” Cousins added. “Our only goal is to be in the playoffs this season.”

The Kings snapped a five-game losing streak with the win over the Pistons and they came into the evening just 2-10 over their previous 12 games. 

Once they get through their current eight game road trip, they spend the entire month of February in the Pacific time zone and play 11 over their next 13 games at Golden 1 Center.  

“The one thing I can give credit to this team about is us staying together and being a positive locker room through the ups and downs,” Cousins said. “I’m still confident and I still believe we’re going to make that push for the playoffs.”

Despite the rough patch, the Kings remain just a game and a half out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings. No one is running away with that last playoff spot, at least not yet.

 

Lawson, bench unit spark Kings' much-needed win over Pistons

Lawson, bench unit spark Kings' much-needed win over Pistons

Everyone must contribute. With Rudy Gay gone for the season, Sacramento needs a team effort each night out if they are going to have a chance of turning things around. Balancing the roster on the fly is never easy, but it’s the hand that the Kings were dealt when their second leading scorer tore his Achilles last week.

Needing a win in the worst way, the Kings walked into the Palace at Auburn Hills and came away with a huge 109-104 victory. Demarcus Cousins put up numbers, but it was the supporting cast that found a way to rise to the occasion and snap the team’s five-game losing streak.

“We’re going to need everybody on this team,” Cousins told reporters following the game. “At some point, everyone on the bench is going to win a game for us. Tonight, it was Ty (Lawson), it was Willie (Cauley-Stein) and it was Malachi (Richardson).”

Lawson was a magician with the ball. He entered the game with the Kings down just one with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter, but the Pistons caught fire around that time and pushed the lead to 11 with 20 seconds remaining in the quarter.

It looked like Sacramento might fall behind big once again, but then Lawson and the bench unit took over.

“Ty Lawson, Malachi Richardson and Willie Cauley-Stein had a great energy when we were down 11 in the first half,” Joerger told reporters. “Obviously, probably the best Willie’s played all year. Same for Malachi. He got some run, he got a little burn in the second half, felt pretty good.”

Powered by Lawson, the offense instantly opened up in the second quarter as the Kings tracked down the Pistons on their home floor. Sacramento outscored Detroit 37-24 in the frame to take a three point lead into the intermission. Lawson posted nine points and handed out four assists in the quarter.

“When our offense gets sticky, he’s able to create shots for guys by getting kickouts and getting in the lane,” Joerger said.

The 5-foot-11 point guard didn’t let up in the second half, finishing the night with 19 points and six assists in 23 minutes of action.  

“Chico just goes and plays, man, that’s Chico,” Cousins said of Lawson. “If there’s anyone with a green light to just go and play, it’s him. We love what he does with this team. He’s a spark off the bench for us. He gets us going when there’s a slump. We love the little guy.”

Lawson has become a catalyst off the bench for coach Jeorger. The 29-year-old speedster signed a one-year deal with the Kings late in the offseason and he’s quickly found his niche with the team.

“You play with Ty, you can’t help by want to run, because he will pitch it to you and that’s the best motivation - everybody wants to score,” said Joerger.

Cousins and Lawson didn’t do it alone. Cauley-Stein had one of his games of the season, finishing the night with 12 points and five rebounds. Darren Collison added 12 points, Garrett Temple chipped in 11 points and veteran Matt Barnes added 10 points and eight rebounds.  

“It’s a big, bounce back win,” Cousins said. “We were kind of heartbroken about the last lost. We felt we did everything needed to pull a win and it just didn’t go that way for us. We kind of showed our character and showed we could overcome some type of adversity with the win tonight.”

The Kings are back at it on Wednesday in Cleveland when they hit game four of their season-long eight-game road trip. They’ll face LeBron James and the championship Cavs for the second time this month.  

“It’s huge, we had a little stretch where we lost like eight of nine games, something like that,” Lawson told CSN’s Kayte Christensen following the game. “Getting a win going into Cleveland, it makes us feel a little bit better. Now we’ve got to go in and get a tough one.”

A tough one indeed. Cleveland sits at 31-13 on the season, but they are coming off back-to-back losses against the Spurs and Pelicans.