Stanford falls to UA before subdued Tucson crowd

Stanford falls to UA before subdued Tucson crowd


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- There was a noticeable increase in police presence at the Stanford-Arizona basketball game, postponed from Saturday because of the shooting that critically wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others outside a suburban Tucson supermarket.

Fans at Sunday's game noted a more thorough search of their belongings than usual.

University President Robert Shelton spoke to the big crowd at McKale Center from mid-court. He thanked Stanford for cooperating in the delay and praised doctors at nearby University Medical Center "without whose efforts we'd have a lot of dead people right now in Tucson."

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Players from both teams stood facing the flag for a moment of silence following Shelton's brief remarks.The Arizona basketball team hoped its 67-57 victory over Stanford served a larger purpose than a win in the Pac-10 standings.

"We came here to play hard today," coach Sean Miller said, "and in a sense play for Tucson."

Jamelle Horne, who lost his starting job one game before the Pac-10 season began, scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Arizona completed a home sweep of the Bay Area schools in a contest pushed back a day because of Saturday's mass shooting in suburban Tucson.

Giffords and others hurt in the attack were being treated at University Medical Center, just a few blocks from McKale Center, where Arizona's largest home crowd of the season 14,374 showed up for the game on a brilliantly sunny Sunday.

"We just wanted to come together and help the city out through our play this afternoon," Arizona's Solomon Hill said. "Our focus was that we were playing for the city in this tough time."

Horne, 6-of-7 shooting overall, made all four of his 3-point attempts, two to lift the Wildcats (14-3, 3-1) out of trouble down the stretch. Derrick Williams, coming off a career-high 31 points in Arizona's 73-71 victory over California on Thursday night, made all five of his shots, two of them 3-pointers, to finish with 14.

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Josh Owens scored 18 and Jeremy Green 15 for Stanford (9-5, 2-1).

There was an increased police presence at the game and fans noted a more thorough search of their belongings than usual.

Before the tip-off, university president Robert Shelton spoke to the crowd from center court, thanking Stanford for its cooperation and praising doctors at nearby University Medical Center "without whose efforts we'd have a lot of dead people right now in Tucson."

Miller held a meeting with the players on Saturday to "paint the picture of the reality of what happened, knowing that basketball was on the back burner."

"Hopefully in some small way, today's game had, in a way, a healing effect on our community," Miller said in his postgame news conference, "where maybe all of us can take our mind off something for a brief moment and kind of be together for a different purpose. It's not easy on anybody. The rescheduling of the game was certainly the right thing."

Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said rescheduling the game was "an easy decision."

"We wanted to make sure we respected a tragic situation and a loss of life and injuries," he said.

The Cardinal, down 54-39 with 9 12 minutes to play, outscored Arizona 15-5 to cut it to 59-54 on Green's 15-footer with 4 minutes to play.

Horne's much-needed 3-pointer from the corner boosted the lead to 62-54 with 3:35 remaining. Owens scored inside, drawing Williams' fourth foul in the process, but missed the free throw and Arizona led 62-56 with 3:21 to go. Horne's last 3 put the Wildcats in control for good at 65-56 with 2:26 remaining.

Arizona dominated the boards 41-26 and made 10-of-17 3s to Stanford's 2-of-12. Green, normally the Cardinal's leading scorer, was 5-of-14 shooting, 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

The Wildcats scored the final 10 points of the first half, capped by Horne's rebound dunk at the buzzer, to take a 39-28 lead.

Horne, who had been replaced by Jesse Perry as a starting forward, came off the bench early and played 24 minutes to the scoreless Perry's eight. Horne scored 10 in the first half.

Miller said Horne might get his starting job back when the Wildcats play at home Saturday against Arizona State.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to start," Horne said, "but I'm getting more comfortable coming off the bench and providing the spark."

Green said the Cardinal players respected the sad backdrop to Sunday's game.

"If anything, I think it made both teams want to get out there and play even harder given the tragedy," he said. "There are other things more important and bigger than basketball."

Steph Curry goes on rant over how Celtics-in-Finals comments were interpreted

Steph Curry goes on rant over how Celtics-in-Finals comments were interpreted

Stephen Curry wasn't taking the bait this time. Instead, he decided to fight back.

After the Warriors erased a 22-point halftime deficit to stun the 76ers in Philadelphia on Saturday, a reported tried to get Curry to talk about a possible NBA Finals matchup with the 76ers just like he had after Thursday's game against the Celtics. It didn't go well for the reporter. Curry wasn't having it.

"Hot takes. You can literally take one line of what I said and and say ‘very, very likely.’ Read the whole comment. I hate when that happens. I stand up here and talk for 45 seconds about that question and you want to take five words that put the Boston Celtics in the Finals. That’s the hype beast. I’ll be more specific next time about how I see the futures that surrounds who’s going to be in the Finals, even us. Whatever," Curry said.

A different reporter asked Curry if the situation frustrated him.

"Yeah, it did because, obviously, it was a question about Boston’s chances and how well they’ve been playing. I literally said they have to beat Cleveland because Cleveland has been there three times in a row. Obviously I made a joke because I haven’t been in Boston in the summer in a while. Probably nice weather. But the video is going crazy, so watch the whole video, watch the whole comment and you’ll get it right," Curry said before leaving the gathering of reporters.

Warriors F Kevin Durant won't play vs Nets due to ankle injury

Warriors F Kevin Durant won't play vs Nets due to ankle injury

A day after playing 33 minutes against the 76ers, Warriors forward Kevin Durant won't play Sunday against the Nets.

The Warriors announced that Durant is dealing with a left ankle sprain.

Durant finished with 27 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the Warriors' 124-116 comeback win over the 76ers.

This will be the second game Durant has missed due to an injury this season. On Nov. 8, Durant sat out against the Timberwolves due to a thigh contusion.

Coverage of Warriors-Nets begins at 2pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming on the NBC Sports App.