Heartbreaker -- Cal suffers triple-OT loss to 'Cats

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Heartbreaker -- Cal suffers triple-OT loss to 'Cats

Feb. 5, 2011
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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Lamont Jones hit a go-ahead lay-in with 1:03 left in the third overtime and also had a tying 3-pointer with 5 seconds to go in the second OT and the tying three-point play late in regulation, sending No. 21 Arizona to a thrilling 107-105 victory against California on Saturday night.Jones finished with a career-high 27 points in the Wildcats' fifth straight win and eighth in nine games, and Kevin Parrom scored five of his career-best 25 points in the third extra period for Arizona (20-4, 9-2 Pac-10).Harper Kamp scored a career-high 33 points for the defending Pac-10 champion Golden Bears (13-10, 6-5), seven in the second extra period. Cal had its four-game winning streak snapped.First-place Arizona moved 1 12 games ahead of UCLA in the Pac-10 standings and two up on Washington after the 20th-ranked Huskies were handed their third straight loss in a defeat at Oregon earlier Saturday.This marked Cal's longest home game since a five-overtime, 107-102 victory over Oregon in 1977. The Bears won a triple-overtime game at Washington in January 2009.Jones shot 9 for 18 and converted 7 of 9 free throws. He scored on a short baseline jumper with 16.6 seconds left in regulation and was fouled, converting the tying free throw.After Kamp missed from close range with 5 seconds left, Jones heaved the ball from three-quarters down the court only to fall just short but on target and send the game into its first OT.Arizona missed two long 3-pointers at the end of the initial extra session with a chance to win it.Some of the game's biggest stars were on the bench when this one was finally decided.Jorge Gutierrez scored a career-high 25 points before fouling out with 2:13 left in the initial overtime on an offensive foul.Wildcats leading scorer Derrick Williams fouled out with 21.9 seconds remaining in regulation, finishing with 12 points and 18 rebounds in a game that featured 73 attempted free throws - 42 of those by Cal.Arizona made five of its first nine second-half shots after a high-flying first half in which both teams shot 50 percent or better. But the Wildcats went 3 minutes, 15 seconds without scoring between 3-pointers by Jamelle Horne and Jones, and Cal pulled to 59-54 on Gutierrez's 3 at the 11:43 mark.And then this one turned a tad testy.Arizona's Solomon Hill was whistled for an intentional foul on the offensive end against Gutierrez with 11:12 to play. Officials turned to replay to see if Hill had deliberately thrown an elbow, then called the intentional. Gutierrez made both free throws and Allen Crabbe hit a jumper the next time down to make it a one-point game, 59-58.Wildcats coach Sean Miller called timeout but it didn't stop Cal's momentum.Gutierrez gave his team its first lead of the half with a basket at 8:40.This marked another tight, physical game between the teams after Arizona beat Cal 73-71 back on Jan. 6 in Tucson - a game in which Williams went off for a career-high 31 points.Still playing with his shooting hand taped to protect his injured right pinkie, Williams wasn't much of a factor in this outcome.Crabbe scored 27 points and Brandon Smith dished out a career-high 11 assists for Cal, which nearly pulled off the upset that had the raucous home crowd of 9,723 on the edge of its seats at Haas Pavilion.

Kevin Durant's future plans: General manager of NBA team he owns

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Kevin Durant's future plans: General manager of NBA team he owns

OAKLAND -- Still only 28 years old, Kevin Durant already is visualizing his post-career options.

The Warriors forward wants to stay involved in the NBA, and he aspires to levels above being a coach.

“I want to be a GM, want to own a team, hopefully own a team and run it,” Durant said Thursday, after the team’s morning shootaround.

Minutes before the trade deadline of noon Thursday, Durant acknowledged to following the various web sites devoted to basketball-related speculation regarding potential deals and the thinking behind them.

It’s all part of his long-term plan.

“So I look to see what rumors are getting out there, what deals are being presented to these teams,” he said. “Try to figure that stuff out. It’s fun, especially for a guy who knows that part of the business.”

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The latest former superstar to join the ranks of architects is Magic Johnson, who this week assumed control of the Lakers, the team with which he spent his entire Hall of Fame career. Johnson joins the likes of Larry Bird (Pacers) and Michael Jordan (Hornets).

Only Jordan, though, has the power of ownership.

Though several other former players run front offices, Durant would not be just another former player. Midway through his career, he already owns four scoring titles and an MVP trophy.

For now, he’s doing his homework, examining the Collective Bargaining Agreement in order to better understand its complexities.

“Obviously it affects me and affects my peers,” Durant said. “Like I said, I want to learn more and more about the business of basketball. I try to keep that fine line of keeping it pure and fun and also knowing that this is a really big business. So I like to go through the CBA, also ask questions.”

NBA Gameday: Draymond Green vs Blake Griffin

NBA Gameday: Draymond Green vs Blake Griffin

OAKLAND -- Once upon a time, for a few fleeting seasons, there was a rivalry between the Warriors and the Clippers. These days, however, it’s more like an exhibition of domination.

The Warriors will be trying to sweep LA for the second consecutive season when the teams meet Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

While the Warriors (47-9) open the post-All-Star break trying to solidify their status as the No. 1 overall seed, the Clippers (35-21) are scrambling to hang onto the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. LA has won its last four games, but is 6-7 since Chris Paul went down with a thumb injury on Jan. 18.

Paul was originally expected to miss at least six weeks and still is listed as out. He has, however, received medical clearance and Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Thursday morning left open the possibility of Paul’s return.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 13

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Draymond Green vs. Blake Griffin: The rise of the Warriors can be traced back to Green’s stifling of Griffin in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. It’s a classic battle between a defensive ace and a spectacular offensive star. With Paul expected to miss his 14th consecutive game, it’s up to Griffin to make plays while also carrying the bulk of the scoring load. In three games against the Warriors this season, he is averaging 21.0 points on 45.3-percent (24-of-53) shooting.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C Zaza Pachulia (R rotator cuff strain) and C David West (L thumb fracture) are listed as questionable.

Clippers: F Brice Johnson (herniated disk) and G Chris Paul (L thumb ligament tear) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Clippers: 5-5.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won the last nine regular-season meetings and 17 of the last 22. They have won 10 in a row in Oakland and 20 of the last 22.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

POST-BREAK BLUES: The first game after the break is treacherous for most teams, and the Warriors are no exception. Coming off the break last season, they went to Portland and lost by 32 -- still their most lopsided loss since Steve Kerr arrived before the 2014-15 season. Early intensity may be hard to muster, but it’s necessary.

PARK ON THE ARC: The Clippers are a team of launchers, relying largely on jumpers from the perimeter, often 3-point distance, where they rank fourth in field-goal percentage. They rank 27th in points in the paint and 24th in second-chance points, so the Warriors would be wise to force contested jump shots, no matter who is taking them.

BALL VALUE: The Warriors over the last five games are averaging a very manageable 10.8 turnovers. If they continue this trend, it pretty much closes off any avenue for the Clippers to crank up their offense.