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Kings get first win in Phoenix since 2005

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Kings get first win in Phoenix since 2005

Feb. 13, 2011BOX SCORE KINGS VIDEONBA PAGE NBA SCOREBOARD

PHOENIX (AP) The Sacramento Kings had one of their best nights of the season, and DeMarcus Cousins wasn't there to see it, let alone be a part of it.
Donte Greene scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Kings ended a five-game losing streak with a 113-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.Carl Landry added 20 points for the Kings, all but two in the second half. Samuel Dalembert, starting in place of Cousins, had 18 points and 15 rebounds.Steve Nash had 22 points and 18 assists but the Suns lost for the second time in eight games.Cousins, a rookie averaging just under 14 points a game, did not make the trip because of an altercation in the locker room with Greene after the Kings' 99-97 home loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
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"We've been coming so close against good teams and getting turned away in the fourth quarter," Sacramento coach Paul Westphal said. "Tonight we pushed through and beat a good team on the road, especially with all the turmoil, or whatever you want to call it."Tyreke Evans scored 21 in Sacramento's first win in Phoenix in 11 tries. Marcin Gortat had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns.Phoenix, which had won three in a row, led by as many as 10 in the first half and was up 81-78 after three quarters, but the Kings opened the fourth with a 15-3 run. Greene scored the last five in what turned out to be the decisive surge. His 3-pointer put Sacramento ahead 91-83, then Nash lost the ball out of bounds and Beno Udrih found Greene inside for a layup that made it a 10-point lead with 6:03 to play.The Suns never got closer than four again, blowing a chance to climb two games above .500 for the first time all season."It's one of those losses that you are going to look back at and it's going to hurt," coach Alvin Gentry said.The Kings said in a brief statement before the game that Cousins would not play "while the organization reviews the situation that occurred in the locker room following last night's game versus Oklahoma City."Cousins reportedly was upset that Greene did not pass him the ball for the final shot. Instead, the ball went to Evans, who missed a 3-pointer.All five of the losses in the Sacramento skid came at home, none by more than five points. The Kings are 6-16 on the road but have won their last three away from home - over Portland, the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix.The Kings have not said whether Cousins would be banished for more than one game."We missed Cuz tonight but we couldn't dwell on it," Greene said. "We had to come out and still play well."There were no hard feelings, Greene said."Things happen," he said. "Everybody is not perfect. We try not to let things off the court distract us on the court. It is life. Everybody is not perfect and we've got to move on."Landry, 0 for 6 from the field in the first half, was 5 of 7 for 12 points in the third quarter. Greene shot 4 of 5 in the fourth quarter to finish 7 of 10.Nash was fouled on a 3-point attempt for the second time in the fourth quarter, but the best free throw shooter in NBA history missed one of three from the line and Sacramento led 109-104 with 27.7 seconds left. Two free throws apiece by Dalembert and Udrih sealed the victory."They just kept scoring and kept scoring and we couldn't stop them," Gortat said. "And when we didn't stop them, we couldn't execute. So, I would say it's obviously a really tough loss which cost us a lot."The Suns used a 22-4 outburst to take a 29-21 lead in the first quarter. Landry's steal and subsequent two free throws - his only points of the first half - cut Phoenix's lead to 48-47. Channing Frye scored the first five in a 9-0 surge that ended on Robin Lopez's steal and fast-break dunk to make it 57-47. Darnell Jackson's 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer cut the Suns' lead to 57-50 at the break.Notes: The Kings played the first of seven in a row on the road, with the All-Star break coming after the first three. ... Phoenix had won 12 consecutive Sunday home games, a streak dating to Feb. 22, 2009. ... After having no dunks all season, the Suns' Jared Dudley got his second in the last three games. ... Sacramento had not won since a home victory over New Orleans on Jan. 29.

Lynch clarifies 'divisive' comment on anthem protests

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Lynch clarifies 'divisive' comment on anthem protests

SANTA CLARA – John Lynch, the 49ers’ general manager, used a word Wednesday while stating his opinion on national anthem protests that could only be described as divisive.

That word that Lynch said he regrets using was “divisive.”

Lynch clarified his stance Friday morning on an appearance on KNBR, the flagship station of the 49ers.

“If I could take one thing back, I would have changed that word, because of the negative connotation," Lynch said. "But I was really trying to make the point that our game should be a beacon for what can be."

During his initial comment two days earlier during a press conference at Levi's Stadium, Lynch spoke about football's role in bringing together individuals from all backgrounds:

”I think it’s a great beacon for the rest of culture in terms of the way it should be. You strive for a common goal and you have unity. And I think this game brings people together. So, I think personally, when I see that, I think that’s divisive. …”

The movement started a year ago with then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to social inequality and police brutality against minorities.

Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett has been the most outspoken in carrying on Kaepernick’s protest this summer.

There is added attention on protests in light of the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, which featured white supremacists and President Trump’s statement that there was blame to be shared on “both sides."

Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins raised a fist on the sideline Thursday night. Teammate Chris Long, who is white and attended the University of Virginia, put his arm around Jenkins. Lynch referenced the scene on the Eagles sideline during his interview with Brian Murphy of the KNBR Morning Show.

"I'm glad you brought this up because I'm having, for the last couple of days, a lot of thought, a lot of waking up in the middle of the night thinking about what I said and how people perceive that," Lynch said.

"You know, when I saw that picture of Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, I think that's exactly what I was speaking to and what I think is so great about football, of how I think our society can be and how it should be, of people coming together."

Lynch said he was at his family’s home in San Diego and with his 10-year-old daughter when the unrest was unfolding in Charlottesville.

“It’s sad, it’s disgusting, it’s unbelievable that these things still exist,” Lynch said. “So I want to go a step further -- not only do I respect, but I understand the motivations of these players that are trying to do something about it. I want to be very clear with that, that’s where my heart is.”

Hoyer, Shanahan earn praise from Broncos All-Pro DBs

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Hoyer, Shanahan earn praise from Broncos All-Pro DBs

SANTA CLARA – The reviews of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Brian Hoyer from within the organization have all been positive this offseason.

That’s not a surprise, of course, considering the 49ers have yet to play a meaningful game and hope abounds during every NFL training camp.

But, on Thursday, Shanahan and Hoyer received unsolicited praise from two Denver Broncos All-Pro defensive backs who went up against the 49ers’ offense during two days of practices.

“Going against Kyle Shanahan, he’s a great offensive mind and a great offensive coach,” Broncos defensive back Chris Harris said. “So it was a great week. You never know, we might see a team that has this type of offense. But on the schedule -- I looked at the schedule -- we don’t and I’m kind of glad we don’t.”

Unlike the past two summers when the 49ers and Broncos held joint practices, it was difficult to proclaim a winner this week. The 49ers at least held their own on both sides of the ball after being clearly beaten the past two years.

For the Broncos, going against the 49ers’ offense gave them a better challenge than they experienced in the past. The teams meet Saturday night at Levi's Stadium in the second exhibition game for both teams.

“He (Shanahan) makes it work,” Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib said. “He makes you use all of your adjustments. He makes things gray, so you don’t know if you need to check or if you’re going to check. He moves you left and right. They’re great with their bootlegs. All in all, it’s a pretty great offense.

“It gives us a different look than we’ve been seeing. It’s a solid offense. Any time you can practice against a solid offense, no game plan, just go out there and play your technique, that’s always great work.”

Hoyer, 31, enters his 10th NFL season with his seventh different team. He has been anointed the starter for the first time in his career at this stage of the season. General manager John Lynch said has been pleasantly surprised since signing Hoyer to a two-year, $12 million contract. He can earn as much as $18.5 million if he reaches all of his incentives.

Hoyer's starting job has never been in doubt from the moment he signed with the 49ers on the first day of free agency.

“We’ve said from the beginning we want a franchise quarterback around here and a lot of people are making assumptions as to what Brian’s role is,” Lynch said. “Is he a bridge? Is he all those things? Our response to Brian and to everybody is he’s got the first crack of being that guy. And I love the way he’s embracing that opportunity each and every day, and really has been a tremendous leader for our group. I think, probably exceeded my expectations of how I thought he could play.”

That kind of public praise from within the organization is not uncommon. But Hoyer's play even opened eyes on the Denver side. Talib said he was impressed what what he saw from Hoyer and the 49ers’ passing game. The 49ers have ranked no better than 29th in yards passing over each of the past four seasons.

“He looks good. He runs the offense well,” Talib said. “Shanahan has a hell of an offense. Hoyer is doing a great job running it. They get the ball out fast. They move you left and right. It takes a polished quarterback to run an offense. He’s doing a great job.”