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.
RELATED: Huskies lose Gaddy for season with knee injury
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.
RELATED: Romar says Huskies aware of police investigation
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.

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

OAKLAND -- It was with impeccable timing, for the Warriors and for Andre Iguodala, that he has spent recent weeks summoning all the best parts of his game.

He has been a disruptive force on defense, as usual, but at a time when the Warriors needed something extra at both ends of the court, he is providing an abundance of offensive electricity.

Iguodala came through once more on Sunday as the Warriors suffocated Memphis in the fourth quarter to take a 106-94 win at Oracle Arena. Though the team’s Sixth Man again scored at an efficient clip -- 20 points on eight shot attempts -- his ability to energize teammates from Stephen Curry to Draymond Green to Klay Thompson and beyond is no less significant.

“We feed off his energy when we see him get a rebound or get a steal, push up the court, make a crazy inside-out dribble and finish at the rim, knock down threes or play-make for other guys,” Curry said. “It’s fun to watch.”

Iguodala’s rise has coincided with the loss of Kevin Durant, the team’s leading scorer and someone who plays the same position. With Durant out, Iguodala has taken on additional playing time, which can be risky for someone in his 13th season.

“He’s been fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He looks incredibly athletic, bouncy and fresh. He’s a pro. The guy just knows how to take care of his body. He’s done a great job of stepping up in KD’s absence and recognizing what we need from him.”

The Warriors have played 13 games since Durant went down with a knee injury, and Iguodala has played in 11 of them, shooting 44 percent from deep and 61.8 percent overall. The man who shot 62.3 percent from the line in his first three seasons as a Warrior is at 70.1 percent this season. Leadership also is part of the package.

“I try to read (what’s needed) when I get into the game,” Iguodala said. “Try to bring that energy. And, more than anything, lead by example. Not say too much. Just show it.”

When Iguodala is sprinting up and down the court, rising and dunking on one end, stripping balls away on the other, the Warriors are appreciably better team. If the Curry-Durant-Green-Thompson foursome is the engine, Iguodala is the turbo boost.

“We’re a completely different team when he’s as aggressive as he’s been of late,” Green said. “When he’s moving the way he’s been moving -- he’s beating everybody down the floor -- it makes us a completely different team. “

Igoudala’s minutes have spiked, from 23 per game in November, to 26 in December, to 27 in January and February, to almost 29 in March.

“I don’t want to run his minutes up too much,” Kerr said. “But if he has to play a couple extra minutes while KD is out, then that’s fine.”

It’s fine with Iguodala and it’s paying off for the Warriors.

Iguodala hopes it pays off, literally, when he becomes a free agent in July.

Though free agents entering their 14th season don’t often command big money, he is making a very impressive audition for the Warriors or any team that might be interested in his services.

Iguodala has made it clear he’d prefer to stay in the Bay Area, and at this rate the Warriors may have to find the necessary coins to bring him back.

Fight finally pays off for Kings: 'Like we won Game 1 of the playoffs'

Fight finally pays off for Kings: 'Like we won Game 1 of the playoffs'

The Sacramento Kings are young and lack experience. They have plenty of holes in their roster and they even sat three veterans when they rolled into the Staples Center for a 12:30 start on Sunday afternoon. 

Sacramento also has talent and they play hard. The Clippers just learned the hard way what plenty of other teams already knew - there is no quit in this team.

From start to finish, the Kings played a gritty style of defense. They closed out strong on the Clippers shooters and did their best to quash the alley-oop that Chris Paul is so famous for. Los Angeles coasted through the game assuming that they won before the opening tip. And then Sacramento flipped the table late, shutting the Clippers down in the fourth while riding a 22-3 run to finish the game with a 98-97 come from behind victory.

“I thought the whole game, the guys didn’t lose effort and they deserve it,” veteran point guard Darren Collison told media following the game. “Look at our last couple of weeks, even though the results haven’t been what we want it to be, so many guys that kept fighting, they were able to deserve this win.”

Trailing by 18 at the 5:16 mark of the fourth quarter, this game looked like so many others that we have seen over the last month. Sacramento had fought to stay in the contest, but in the end, the experience of their opponent wins out. But the Kings kept fighting.

“They didn’t lose hope, not one bit,” Collison said. “They kept pulling and pulling and pulling. Eventually they got some big threes, some big shots.”

So many contributed to the victory, but at the 2:19 mark, rookie Buddy Hield knocked down a 3-pointer to draw the Kings within six. Moments later he stole the inbounds pass and dropped in a second straight three in a nine second stretch.

“You just have to stay confident, trust yourself and trust what got you here,” Buddy Hield said.

Through three quarters, Hield had shot just 1-of-7 from the field and looked overwhelmed by the Clippers star players. He came alive in the fourth, hitting 3-of-3 from behind the arc to finish the quarter with 11 points and five rebounds. Hield scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds on the night, showing fans that he is ready to compete in crunch time.

“We kept playing and made some plays and the little things matter,” coach Dave Joerger said. “I’m really proud, it’s like we won Game 1 of the playoffs.”

With their teammates rallying on the court, the Kings bench looked like a cheerleader troup. All they needed was some pom-poms and a lot of eye liner.

Regardless of the record, Sacramento has remained a close knit group. Youth and veterans have meshed well as they forge towards another lottery selection. 

“I’ve been on a lot of teams, some winning teams and the chemistry is not as good as this team,” Collison added. “People don’t understand how hard it is to be in our shoes and come to work every single day with the circumstances that we have dealt with. But to be together still and fun, it shows a lot about this team. I’m real happy to be a part of this team. We’re not winning games, but the way we’re going about our business - we’re losing games together, we’re winning games together.”

Collison went off against his former team, scoring 19 points and handing out four assists in 28 minutes of action. Anthony Tolliver hit 5-of-6 from 3-point range to finish with 15 points and rookie Georgios Papagiannis but up 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and blocked two shots.

With the win, the Kings snapped their four-game losing streak and improve to 28-45 on the season. They play again on Monday when the Memphis Grizzlies drop by the Golden 1 Center on the second night of a road-and-home back-to-back.