Warriors aim for seventh straight win over Nets


Warriors aim for seventh straight win over Nets

March 9, 2011

WARRIORS (28-35) vs.
NEW JERSEY (19-43)

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NEWARK (AP) -- After sweeping a pair of games across the Atlantic Ocean, the New Jersey Nets will try to find better results back on their home soil.

Not having point guard Deron Williams and a visit from the Golden State Warriors might not help, however.

The Warriors seek their seventh win in a row over the Nets and third straight in New Jersey on Wednesday night.

The Nets (19-43) had lost six straight before heading to London for two games against Toronto. The trip seemed to help as New Jersey earned a 116-103 win on Friday and a 137-136 victory in triple overtime the next day.

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Travis Outlaw scored his team's final eight points to secure the sweep. Brook Lopez had a team-best 34 points and Sasha Vujacic matched a career high with 25.

With 21 points, Williams had his best scoring performance in five games with New Jersey despite missing 13 of 20 shots. The guard, though, is scheduled to miss the next two games while attending the birth of his fourth child in Dallas.

Nets coach Avery Johnson, though, expects his team to show the same enthusiasm it had in England with Jordan Farmar expected to start in Williams' place.

"I think we'll still see it. That's what I'm hoping for," Johnson told the team's official website. "I think the guys like where we are right now. We were really focused over there.

"It was great for our guys to play in that environment. Hopefully, we'll carry over some of what we had over there in these next games at home."

The absence of Williams, averaging 15.8 points and 15.2 assists since being acquired from Utah on Feb. 23, might hurt the Nets as they try to keep up with the fast-paced Warriors (28-35), who are averaging 102.8 points.

Golden State failed to score 100 for the first time in six games Tuesday but prevailed 95-85 in Cleveland. Monta Ellis made a career-high six 3-pointers - all in the second half - while scoring 24 points and Stephen Curry added 23.

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"We're not surprised," Curry said. "(Ellis) takes his show on the road a lot. It's usually acrobatics at the rim, but tonight he was knocking down 3's."

In the finale of a season-high seven-game trip, the Warriors will try to build on that effort by recording back-to-back road wins for the second time this season.

Golden State could use another strong performance from Ellis, who scored 26 points in a 109-100 home win over New Jersey on Jan. 17. The Warriors also got 24 points from David Lee and committed a season-low six turnovers.

Lee has averaged 23.8 points and 10.0 rebounds in his last four games against the Nets.

He'll try to take advantage of a New Jersey frontcourt that might be without center Johan Petro (illness). Damion James is also expected to sit out with a concussion, and Quinton Ross is out indefinitely after an epidural injection in his back.

Anthony Morrow, though, might return from a slight concussion he suffered Friday in London.

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.

As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.

“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.

“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their 2017 preseason campaign with a 4-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen each scored for the Earthquakes in the victory to give San Jose a 6-1-2 record in preseason play.

In the 14th minute, Salinas gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 advantage when he one-timed Tommy Thompson's cross into the back of the net. In the buildup to the goal, Nick Lima threw the ball in and found fellow Homegrown player Thompson on the right side of the six-yard box. With one touch, Thompson crossed the ball to Salinas who made no mistake with his finish.

Republic FC equalized the match in the 54th minute with a penalty from Sammy Ochoa after Anibal Godoy was called for a handball in the box.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 66th minute when Dawkins sent a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of Sacramento's goal from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a through pass from Darwin Ceren.

After entering the match at halftime, Hyka made the game 3-1 in the 79th minute, finishing Godoy's cross with one touch.

Hoesen concluded the scoring for the Quakes in first minute of stoppage time after he dribbled past the Sacramento defense and sent the ball across the goal into the bottom right corner to make the final score 4-1.

"It was good," said Quakes defender and second-ever Homegrown signing Nick Lima, who started Saturday. "It was obviously our first time in the preseason in the stadium. It was good to get out there with our starters and I think we finished the way we wanted to. There's obviously a lot of improvement that we need to do, but now we have a week just to focus on Montreal. That was the ultimate goal from the beginning of preseason to get ready for that game and I think we took a step in the right direction."

The Earthquakes will start the 2017 MLS Regular Season next Saturday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

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