Stanford stuns No. 17 Washington in 58-56 win

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Stanford stuns No. 17 Washington in 58-56 win

Jan. 13, 2011BOX SCORE NCAA SCOREBOARDSTANFORD PAGE

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.
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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.

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

Warriors stay ready, strike gold amid the 2017 NBA Draft scramble

OAKLAND -- Considering their status as reigning champs without a pick, members of the Warriors personnel department could have turned out the lights and left team headquarters to watch the NBA Draft from a nearby tavern.

They instead stayed in business mode Thursday night, observing the draft-night chaos up close, waiting for the right moment and the right player.

And for the second consecutive year, the Warriors paid a team for its 38th overall draft pick, sending a reported $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Oregon big man Jordan Bell, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“Everybody we talked to had a lot of good things to say about him,” president/general manager Bob Myers said. “He’s one of the few guys we looked at and really wanted to see if we could get. I actually was not optimistic we would be able to get him. But somehow it came to fruition.”

Myers added that the Warriors, along with many mock drafts, projected Bell as a first-round pick.

Bell led the Pac-12 in field-goal percentage (63.6) while shooting almost exclusively in the paint. The 6-foot-9 center/forward was sixth among Pac-12 rebounders at 8.8 per game and 13th in steals at 1.3 per game.

The Long Beach Poly High product possesses a wingspan a fraction shy of 7-feet and bears, by some accounts, a resemblance to Draymond Green inasmuch as he is a defense-first player with a deep reservoir of energy.

It’s a comparison that Bell, asked about it, embraces.

“Draymond, because people always say I’m undersized,” Bell told Basketball Insiders last month. “He’s one of those players you can’t really say what position he is, but he’s a force on defense.”

Moreover, Myers cited Green as one of the players best suited to mentor Bell.

“Draymond is a good one,” the GM said. “He’s not afraid to tell players what he thinks. He’s going to be a good teacher.”

Bell in three seasons became the Ducks’ all-time leader in blocks. He blocked eight shots in a Midwest Regional win over Kansas that sent Oregon to the Final Four. He became during the NCAA Tournament the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon (in 1985) to snag at least 12 rebounds in five consecutive tournament games.

“Defending is one of my best attributes,” Bell told Basketball Insiders. “Being able to switch 1-through-5. Play small ball. Blocking shots. Timing. Decision-making on offense.”

These are the characteristics that prompted the Warriors to put a red-letter “B” next to Bell’s name on their draft board -- even though his offensive skills are unrefined.

“We love his ability to defend,” Myers said. “He could probably defend most positions, and in the NBA that’s huge. To be able to switch pick-and-rolls, rebound, block shots, finish, there are a lot of boxes he checks.

“ . . . We just like the way he plays basketball. We’ll find a place for him.”

The Warriors also are closing in on a deal for one of Bell’s Oregon teammates. Forward Chris Boucher is expected to sign a two-way contract with the team.

“That’s something we’re trying to move toward,” Myers said of Boucher, who is rehabilitating an ACL surgery.

“But we like players that win. We like players that can play. I don’t care what school they are or what their background is, or what position. Winners. That’s what we’re trying to do, is win. If we end up getting that done, that’s another player that was on a very good team.”

Kings finish 2017 NBA Draft with night that can turn franchise around

Kings finish 2017 NBA Draft with night that can turn franchise around

SACRAMENTO -- The Kings had a big draft night. The kind of night that might turn a franchise around. They entered the evening with three picks, including two in the top 10. With their first selection, they filled the franchise’s biggest need when they drafted De’Aaron Fox and then they went to work.
 
Vlade Divac and his team of front office execs jumped on an early trade, dealing the No. 10 overall selection to the Portland Trail Blazers for No. 15 and No. 20. North Carolina’s Justin Jackson was too appealing to pass on, and like Fox, he fit a major position of need. 
 
Sacramento came back with the 20th selection, taking one of the biggest risk/reward picks in the draft. Duke’s Harry Giles is playing on rebuilt knees, but before that, he was one of the top prospects in all of basketball. If he can stay healthy, the Kings may have drafted the biggest steal of the night. 
 
They topped off the evening with the selection of Wooden and Naismith Award winner Frank Mason III with the 34th overall pick. The Kings entered the night without a single point guard and they ended it with two very exciting options. 
 
“I’m very excited about the talent that we brought here tonight,” Divac said. “They’re going to just be an addition to what we’re trying to build here in the second half of the season.”
 
The Kings turned down overtures to move up to draft Fox. The 19-year-old speedster will step in and immediately compete for the starting point guard spot and he’s very excited to be a King.
 
“It’s just the vibe that I got when I was out there,” Fox told local Sacramento media via phone. “I felt like they really wanted me.” 
 
John Calipari is known for his bevy of All-Star bigs throughout the league, but he’s also produced a long line of big-time guards. Sacramento is hoping that Fox can live up to the billing of other former Calipari guards like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall. According to Divac, the Kings were so high on Fox, they would have taken him higher. 
 
“Screaming,” Divac said about the reaction in the room to Fox falling in their lap. “It was a guy that we all loved and in some way, if we had the number 1 pick, he would’ve been our guy.”
 
“De’Aaron is our future,” Divac added.
 
Without a perfect fit at 10, Divac made an adjustment on the fly to add more assets. The decision to trade 10 for 15 and 20 was very similar to the last season when the Kings dealt the eighth overall pick for No. 13, 28 and the draft rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic. By splitting the pick in two, the Kings were able to land two talented pieces that mesh with the current roster build.
 
Jackson and Fox know each other well. The duo played AAU ball together and Fox says he considers Jackson an older brother.  He is friends with Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere from their Kentucky connection.
 
“I feel like we can grow together,” Fox said of the Kings’ young core. “Of course, it’s going to take some time, but every franchise takes time.”
 
Fox is the jewel of the night and Jackson will compete for time at the wing, but Giles is the wildcard. The 19-year-old big can play the four and the five and has elite potential. 
 
“I’m so excited he was there for us at the 20,” Divac said. “That kind of talent you can’t pass.”
 
The Kings have done their homework on Giles. The type of knee injury that he sustained is similar to former NBA players Danny Manning, Amaré Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin. Manning and Martin each played 15 years in the league and Stoudemire lasted 14 seasons before retiring in 2016. After meeting him in person in Sacramento and working him out, they are very confident that he will be able to overcome his injuries and have a successful career in the NBA. 
 
Mason III will remind Kings fans of Isaiah Thomas, another undersized point guard that fell to the second round. The Kansas star posted 20.9 points, 5.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Jayhawks last season. He’s a hard-nosed leader that can jump out of the gym and will instantly become a fan favorite in Sacramento. 
 
It’s a huge haul. Sacramento added two points guards, a wing and a big from some of the best basketball schools in the country. More than that, they added high character winners to a changing culture. 
 
For the first time in a while, the Sacramento Kings have accumulated assets. They have hit the ground running in their attempted rebuild and for one night, they are the talk of the NBA.