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Kings rally in Oakland to hand W's 104-103 loss

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Kings rally in Oakland to hand W's 104-103 loss

April 10, 2011BOXSCORE KINGS VIDEONBAPAGE NBASCOREBOARD

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Monta Ellis swooped and soared to the rim for a layup attempt, colliding with DeMarcus Cousins and falling flat on his head.Turned out to be a Kings knockout.Marcus Thornton scored 21 points and made several big shots late, and the Sacramento Kings rallied for a 104-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night after Ellis' scary fall."It's highly unusual," Kings coach Paul Westphal said of the game. "Somehow we found a way."Thornton's jumper with 12.6 seconds remaining put the Kings ahead by four and sealed the victory, snapping Sacramento's two-game losing streak despite committing 21 turnovers as a team. The teams split the season series 2-2.Of far bigger concern for the Warriors was their star guard.
NEWS: W's Ellis to be further evaluated after scary fall
Ellis momentarily laid motionless following the foul by Cousins - who also gave David Lee a bloody lip earlier in the game on an elbow - and was so woozy when he stood up that teammates had to help him balance. Ellis was helped to the locker room and sent to the hospital for further examination."You could just see in the look in his eyes that he no idea where he was," said Lee, who had 24 points and 14 rebounds. "It's a scary moment, I've been there before, where guys assume you're fine because you're getting up but you have no idea where you're at. He kinda was going to the line because he had to shoot free throws, but he was going toward the fans."I was like, 'No, come on trainer, get out here. Get him.'"The Warriors had little chance without him.Lou Amundson was chosen by the Kings to shoot the free throws in place of Ellis, making one of two to trim Sacramento's lead to two. Then Thornton made two free throws and later a 22-foot jumper with 12.6 seconds left for the win."We've got two more tough games and those games are building blocks for us to see where we are," Thornton said. "I credit the guys for still playing hard."Ellis will not travel with the team for Monday's game at Denver, marking the first contest he will miss all season. He did not speak to reporters afterward but told teammates he was feeling better.Cousins added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Tyreke Evans and Jason Thompson each scored 14 points for the Kings, who overcame an eight-point deficit late in the fourth quarter.Stephen Curry had 27 points and eight assists and Dorell Wright added 19 points for the Warriors, who had won three straight. Ellis, who was already slowed by a strained right ankle, finished with seven points and four assists in 26 minutes."Without question. Monta playing how he's been playing, we probably have a great chance to pull this one out if he was in there," Warriors coach Keith Smart said.The Kings were sloppy for most of the game but delivered when it counted.They erased the eight-point deficit in the fourth with an 11-0 run to take a 92-89 lead. Then Curry and seldom-used reserve Jeremy Lin answered with consecutive jumpers to put Golden State back in front.Evans followed with a 3-pointer before Thornton's driving layup gave Sacramento a 97-93 lead with a little more than 3 minutes remaining. Golden State came back within one, and then Cousins was called for a shot-clock violation.The Warriors spoiled a chance to take the lead on the next possession, with Beno Udrih intercepting an errant pass from Curry. Thortnon followed with a jumper to put the Kings ahead by three, and then the Kings delivered the knockout blow - even if it wasn't intentional - on Ellis.NOTES: Curry, who helped the U.S. to a gold medal in the FIBA world championships last summer, received his ring in a pre-game ceremony. ... Kings PG Evans hit the floor hard on a layup attempt in the second quarter. He was shaken up and limped off the floor after a minute, but he stayed in the game and showed no signs of being slowed. ... Warriors C Andris Biedrins missed his 12th straight game with a sprained left ankle and is not expected back for the final two games this season.

Just a number? Longoria says slow down with concerns of Giants' aging roster

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Just a number? Longoria says slow down with concerns of Giants' aging roster

The Giants added two premier face of the franchise players this offseason in Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen. Together the two have combined for eight All-Star Game appearances. 

What they don't bring to San Francisco though, is youth. Longoria (32) and McCutchen (31) are the latest to join an again Giants roster. Buster Posey turn 31 in March, Johnny Cueto turns 32 in February, Hunter Pence turns 35 in April, Brandon Crawford turns 31 in January, and Brandon Belt turns 30 in April.

Father Time though, is far from getting Longoria and the rest of the Giants' stars according to the third baseman. 

"I believe that all of us believe we're in our prime and we are more than capable of competing," Longoria said Wednesday on KNBR. "That's just ways of making waves in the news. Our job is to just go out and do our job. I think we'll be just fine." 

Longoria is entering his 11th season in the big leagues. That has certainly added wear and tear on him, but also added knowledge of his body. 

"I'm definitely a different player," Longoria says now at 32 compared to 22. "There's a lot of ways that I prepare now that I didn't have to do or I didn't know how to do when I was a younger player. For me personally, it's going to be quite an experience."

While Longoria and McCutchen may not have the freshest pair of legs in baseball, they are two of the most durable players in the game. In 2017, both players appeared in 156 out of 162 games.

"Being prepared for the season is one thing and I know how to do that and I know how to get myself ready for that," Longoria said. "It's just a matter of the day in and day out homework so to speak that I'll have to do. That's gonna change based on the league and based on the division."

Gameday: De'Aaron Fox vs Donovan Mitchell in rookie showdown

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Gameday: De'Aaron Fox vs Donovan Mitchell in rookie showdown

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings return to Golden 1 Center for a one game stop before heading out for a season-long six game road trip. They’ll face a struggling Utah Jazz team that is 4-15 over their last 19 games.

Sacramento has gone young, choosing rotate veteran players for the final 40 games of the season. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter received the dreaded DNP-CD on Monday in OKC. Who will sit Wednesday at G1C?

Utah had the making of a contending team before Gordon Hayward and George Hill departed via free agency. They are rebuilding around rookie Donovan Mitchell, who has been nothing short of phenomenal in his first 41 games as a pro.

BETTING LINE

Jazz by 4

MATCHUP TO WATCH

De’Aaron Fox vs. Donovan Mitchell -- Fox is showing that he’s ready to take a major step for Sacramento. In seven games since returning from injury, the Kentucky product is posting 14 points and 6.4 assists and is now averaging in double-figures on the season. Mitchell has the run of the house in Utah and he’s taken full advantage. The 13th overall selection from the 2017 NBA Draft is in a dogfight for rookie of the year honors, scoring a huge 18.6 points in 31.4 minutes per game for Utah.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 13-30, fifth place in Pacific

Jazz: 17-26, fifth place in Northwest

INJURY REPORT

Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (left shoulder strain) out, PG Frank Mason III (heel) out, F Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out.

Jazz: C Rudy Gobert (knee) out, SF Thabo Sefolosha (knee) out, Dante Exum (shoulder) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Take Advantage of the Opportunity -- Sacramento’s youth movement is in full swing, but it comes with a bit of pressure. The 25 and under crowd has a 40 game audition to show that they are NBA regulars. Malachi Richardson and Justin Jackson have struggled to get consistent minutes, but when they get a chance, they need to stay aggressive and follow the game plan.

Show up at Home -- The Kings are about to embark on a six game road trip across the country beginning Friday in Memphis. It’s a one game homestand, but still an opportunity to build some momentum heading into a long stretch away.  

Snap the Streak -- Sacramento’s  lost five straight and 10 of their last 12 games. Utah is scuffling as well. If the Kings bring energy early, they might be able to ride the wave of the Golden 1 Center crowd and get back in the left hand column.

SERIES HISTORY

The Jazz took the season series 3-1 over the Kings last season. Utah leads the all-time series 102-82 and holds a 79-49 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

QUOTE

"Going forward, what I'm going to do is, we're going to play a rotation where two of our five veterans are going to be out every night. It might be some times there'll be three. It's an opportunity for some other guys to get some minutes as we go throughout the course of the season.” -Dave Joerger on the Kings’ youth movement