Monta drops 37 on Wizards in 114-104 W's win

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Monta drops 37 on Wizards in 114-104 W's win

March 27, 2011BOXSCORE WARRIORSVIDEONBAPAGE NBASCOREBOARD
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even though it has been a formality for weeks, the Golden State Warriors were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday.Apparently nobody told Monta Ellis.Ellis had 37 points and a career-high 13 assists in one of his most complete games of an already spectacular season, leading the Warriors past the road-weary Washington Wizards, 114-104."This is our job. We're pros. Our season is not over with yet," Ellis said. "We still have eight more games, just go out there and see how many we could win and finish it off strong."The Warriors (32-42) have already won six more games than they did last season, and Ellis seems intent on making that number climb even higher. He played the entire game, added seven rebounds and was 14 for 24 shooting.David Lee had a season-high 33 points and 12 rebounds, and Dorell Wright added 19 points to help the Warriors to their second straight victory. Ellis was three rebounds shy of his first career triple-double entering the fourth quarter and never came closer."I think this young man here is committed to turning this franchise around," Golden State coach Keith Smart said. "I really believe he is doing everything he can to put us in the right position with his play, particularly here at home, to move us in the right direction."Washington continued its season-long slide away from the nation's capital.JaVale McGee had a career-high 28 points and tied his career best with 18 rebounds, and Maurice Evans scored 23 points for the Wizards, who have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11 games. They also dropped to 1-35 on the road this season."We're not good enough," Wizards coach Flip Saunders said."That can be frustrating. But that's like if I run you in a race I'm going to probably beat you all 10 times because you're not as fast as me," Saunders joked. "Same thing right now. We're just young and not as talented as the teams we're playing."About the only thing either team is still playing for is pride.Both are already assured of missing the playoffs - the Warriors were officially eliminated when Memphis beat San Antonio earlier Sunday, and the Wizards (17-55) are closer to the league's worst record than anything resembling the postseason - so there wouldn't seem to be a ton of motivation left.Not that it showed.The teams were in a constant sprint from the outset and traded baskets with little regard for defense. The Wizards, whose only road victory came at Cleveland on Feb. 13, had a rare night when they were competitive on the road.For a half, anyway.Then everything unraveled - as it always seems to away from home for the Wizards - after the break, and it didn't help that starter Nick Young had to sit out the second half with a sore left knee, which the team said will sideline Young on Monday night at Utah. The Warriors started the third quarter on a 19-8 run that was capped by their most stunning series.Ekpe Udoh swatted a shot by Othyus Jeffers off the backboard, and Ellis sprinted up court to lead the fast break. He dished the ball to Lee for a dunk and the foul over No. 1 overall pick John Wall, and Saunders added to his team's misfortunes with a technical foul for arguing.A few plays later, Ellis added to his acrobatic night with a complete back-to-the-basket spin in the air and finished with a reverse layup over Evans that brought fans to their feet and helped Golden State go ahead by 11 points."I was definitely shocked," Evans said. "If I would have known he was going to do all that, I would have fouled him. But he made a great athletic play. It was an incredible play."Although the Wizards came within a point early in the fourth quarter, they were never able to tie the score or sustain any type of momentum. The Warriors quickly went back ahead by double digits and cruised to the victory.NOTES: Warriors C Andris Biedrins missed his sixth straight game with a severely sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out at least another two games. ... Washington F Trevor Booker did not play after injuring his right foot in a loss at Denver on Friday. Saunders said he wasn't sure how long the injury could sideline Booker but would not rule him out for the season just yet. ... The Warriors recalled G Jeremy Lin from the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. He will rejoin the team at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

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Matt Cain left after five innings with a 3-1 lead Saturday night.

Then the wheels fell off for the Giants as the Padres scored eight runs in the sixth and went on to win 12-4 at AT&T Park.

Reliever Chris Stratton gave up give earned runs in the sixth while Neil Ramirez was charged with the final three. He gave up three more in the seventh on a three-run homer by Allen Cordoba.

Cory Gearrin settled things down with two scoreless innings.

The Giants scored three runs off Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth. Eduardo Nunez drove in Conor Gillaspie with a single to center. Four batters later, Brandon Belt singled to center plating Nunez and Kelby Tomlinson.

With the Giants trailing 9-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Gorkys Hernandez got a run back with a RBI-single to center.

The Padres and Giants wrap up the three-game set on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm. Coverage begins at 12pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

 

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

HOUSTON — Andrew Triggs keeps checking off all the right boxes in his first season as a major league starting pitcher.

Coming into the year, manager Bob Melvin said the right-hander’s biggest challenge would be retiring lefty hitters. He’s done that splendidly.

On Saturday, the A’s needed to see if Triggs could bounce back after his first rough outing of 2017. He responded with the best of his 11 career starts, holding a potent Astros lineup off the scoreboard for seven innings as the A’s registered a 2-1 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak.

The effective cutter that eluded Triggs when he lost to the Mariners last Sunday was back. Houston’s hitters waved helplessly at the pitch and began their walk back to the dugout all in the same motion, as Triggs rang up a career-high nine strikeouts. His seven innings also were a career high for the 28-year-old.

“We’re not really swinging the bats right now,” Melvin said. “We score two runs and we’re facing a lineup that you expect to score a bunch of runs. So to pitch as well as he did and go through the lineup three times, give us seven innings of work, is pretty good.

“He had the one off-outing, and every outing (besides that) has been pretty spotless.”

Triggs, whose 1.84 ERA ranks seventh in the American League, doesn’t blow people away with his fastball. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot that suggests it might be easy for left-handed hitters to pick up the ball out of his hand. Last season, the batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were all roughly 40 to 50 points higher for lefties than for righties off Triggs.

All he’s done coming out of the gate this season is hold lefties to an .087 batting average (4-for-46). Another revealing stat: Opposing cleanup hitters are 0-for-14 off him.

Triggs credited catchers Stephen Vogt, Josh Phegley and, when he’s been up with the big club, Bruce Maxwell for their expertise in calling pitches against lefties.

“They’ve done such a good job keeping the sequences unpredictable,” he said. “You command pitches, you’re gonna get guys out. I know the stereotype is when you throw from the angle that I do, you’re gonna struggle with lefties. I’ve been aware, at least of that profile, for a while. I’ve worked on it quite a bit.”

Triggs had his entire repertoire working Saturday, according to Vogt.

“He was keeping them off-balance. Even when it seemed they were starting to sit on his slider, he starts sneaking some heaters by them. He was outstanding.”

But he had help. First baseman Yonder Alonso made a terrific leaping grab of Josh Reddick’s liner in the fifth that might have gone for extra bases. An inning before that, Jaff Decker made an on-the-money throw to third from deep right field to nail Carlos Beltran tagging up on a fly ball.

“He’s got a good arm so don’t sleep on him at all,” Triggs said.

Given how their month has gone, it’s no surprise the A’s got both their runs on homers. They’ve gone deep 31 times in April, their most homers in the month since they clubbed 34 in 2006. Lowrie, who’s spent two stints with the Astros and owns an offseason home in Houston, went deep to right to give the A’s a 1-0 lead. Khris Davis mashed his 10th homer in the eighth for what wound up being an important insurance run when Jose Altuve followed with a homer off Sean Doolittle.

Davis’ teammates by now are accustomed to seeing the left fielder flaunt his opposite-field power. He’s hit three homers this series, all to straightaway right or right-center.

Said Lowrie: “I think at this point it’s fair to call it special.”