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Trey frenzy -- W's set franchise record in OT win

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Trey frenzy -- W's set franchise record in OT win

March 11, 2011BOXSCORE WARRIORSVIDEONBAPAGE NBA SCOREBOARD
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob was in the locker room, smiling and shaking hands with players after watching a 3-point performance like nothing the NBA has ever seen."Can we do that every night?" Lacob said, congratulating Monta Ellis at his locker.Fans in the Bay Area only wish.Ellis had 39 points and 11 assists, Dorell Wright scored 32 points and the Warriors came back from 21 points down to stun the Orlando Magic 123-120 in overtime Friday night in a wild game that set a new record for most combined 3-pointers made."That's an NBA classic right there for sure," said Wright, who was 8 for 11 from long range.Stephen Curry added 22 points and 12 assists, and the Warriors set a franchise record for 3-pointers made to highlight a furious second-half push that toppled the Magic in thrilling fashion. Golden State finished 21 for 35 from beyond the arc.Jason Richardson scored 30 points and Jameer Nelson had 24 points in another underwhelming performance for the Magic against an inferior opponent. Orlando was 15 for 32 from long range, making the 36 combined 3-pointers the most in league history.The previous record was 32 set by Seattle at Phoenix on Jan. 22, 2006."If we can't defend the 3-point line any better, we'll get our (butts) kicked again," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said."I think we kind of looked at the scoreboard and figured we were going to be up by 20 and it was going to be a blowout game," Richardson said. "We just didn't finish the game hard in the first half, and in the second half they got a little confidence and went on a run."The Magic wasted another lead - the same way they did in Sacramento two nights earlier, except they came back to win that one - with a poor defensive effort after the break. And by the time they tried to pull away again, it was just too late.The Warriors couldn't miss. Neither team could, really.Orlando went back ahead by five in the fourth quarter when Golden State started another rally. Wright and Curry each made a 3-pointer to give Golden State a 98-94 lead with 1:48 remaining.The teams traded baskets until Ellis turned the ball over with an errant pass that landed in the hands of Nelson. Orlando rushed up court and a wide-open Hedo Turkoglu hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 8.3 seconds left to tie it.With a final chance to win it in regulation, Dwight Howard deflected a pick-and-roll pass from Curry, and time expired in the scramble for the ball. The extra period only provided even more drama.Ellis finished over Turkoglu with a dazzling layup, his back to the basket as he flicked it off the glass and in for a three-point play to help put Golden State ahead by four. The Magic answered over and over with big baskets of their own. Jason Richardson's 3-pointer brought them back within a point.Down by two in the final minute of overtime, Nelson stole the inbound pass and seemingly converted a layup for a three-point play - but Ellis forced a charging call, then made two free throws to put Golden State ahead by four.The Magic had one last chance to send it to a second overtime, with Turkoglu and Richardson each missing 3-point attempts in the final seconds before the buzzer sounded, sending confetti falling from the rafters in one of the biggest wins of the season for Golden State.It was a scene few could've imagined early on.The Magic turned things into their own personal highlight show in the first half: Howard spun baseline for an alley-oop dunk from Jameer Nelson, Richardson had another, and a flurry of 3-pointers buried the Warriors in a 21-point hole by the second quarter.All they did from there was blow it.Golden State came out in the second half with a 27-12 run, going ahead 69-68 on Wright's 3-pointer with 4:28 left in the third quarter. The offensive outpouring had Lacob - who had his father in attendance - out of his courtside seat, high-fiving fans and punching the air in an emphatic celebration."We'll shock some people and win some big games like this," Warriors coach Keith Smart said. "But it's still a process to where we can grow this team to where we have a legitimate, contending team every year."Notes: Magic backup SG J.J. Redick missed the game after he pulled a muscle in his lower abdomen during the team's morning workout. ... Orlando has several ties to Golden State. Richardson and fellow G Gilbert Arenas, and Magic president and general manager Otis Smith and player development pointman Adonal Foyle all once played for the Warriors. Smith also worked in Golden State's management after his playing career. ... A moment of silence was held before the game for victims of a powerful tsunami in Japan that was caused by an earthquake Friday.

Raiders DC Paul Guenther talks Khalil Mack, Gareon Conley and more

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Raiders DC Paul Guenther talks Khalil Mack, Gareon Conley and more

Paul Guenther hasn’t been Raiders defensive coordinator long. He has been in Alameda about a week now, interviewing potential position coaches and pouring over last year’s game tape.

He has some initial impressions on the group that struggled at the start and improved throughout the year. Generally speaking, however, Guenther sees talent on the roster.

“I believe there’s a lot of good players here, a lot of good, young players,” Guenther said Wednesday in a conference call. “You’ve got to get them out and develop them and get them to understand your system. But I think there are a lot of good pieces here for a foundation, for sure.”

Guenther’s system, where it came from and why he brought it to Oakland is a story for another day. Thursday morning, to be precise, so stay tuned for that.

Guenther’s early evaluation of key Raiders, however, supports his statement about a strong foundation. He is most excited, as you’d expect, about working with edge rusher Khalil Mack and several others in silver and black.

Here’s what Guenther said about…

-- DE KHALIL MACK: “Having a talent like that and ability of a guy like that, certainly you want to make it the centerpiece of the defense. We have to continue to develop our younger players to bring those guys up to speed and add people as we go through the draft and free agency. He’s a guy that you can really build a foundation through and around. He’s an exciting guy to be able to coach for sure.”

-- CB GAREON CONLEY: “He was my favorite corner coming out. His ability, he’s smooth in the pedal, he’s a good press corner, which we love to have. I’m excited to work with him.”

-- S OBI MELIFONWU: “Obi is a big guy that when you turn on the tape, you’re like, ‘Man, who is this son of a gun?’ He’s playing half the field, he’s down in the box playing the run.”

-- LB NAVORRO BOWMAN: (an impending free agent): “NaVorro is a prototype middle linebacker, really. The thing that impressed me most with NaVorro is that they got him here midseason and by the end of the year, it appeared to me that he was kind of the leader of the unit, making a lot of calls. You can see that on tape. It looks like he is a smart guy that understands the game. I love smart guys that love playing football. Hopefully we can get him back in the fold and keep him a Raider.”

Raiders OC believes Raiders will 'grow as Derek Carr grows'

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Raiders OC believes Raiders will 'grow as Derek Carr grows'

Quarterback Derek Carr’s stage is set for a giant step forward.

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson thinks it happened the moment Jon Gruden became Raiders head coach, though not solely due to the mentor and his proven offensive system. It’s also the 10-year contract formally bringing him back. There’s no telling whether Gruden mans his post a full decade, but an extended stretch is guaranteed.

That in itself, Olson, says, is invaluable to a passer entering his fifth season with a fourth head coach and third offensive scheme.

“Probably more so than anything,” Olson said, “this guy has to get some continuity.”

Gruden will provide that, with Olson a link to Carr’s past. Olson was Raiders offensive coordinator from 2013-14, and guided Carr’s rookie campaign. Quarterback and coordinator worked well together a 3-13 season where the Fresno State alum started every game.

They’ll reunite under Gruden and stick together this time. Olson, after all, signed a four-year deal that’s double the industry standard.

“Derek is going to be in a system now,” Olson said Wednesday in a conference call with local media. “He’s going to be coached by a head coach that’s going to be the play caller. That’s the first time Derek will have an offensive head coach that has a quarterback background and will be hands on with him on a day-to-day basis. I just see that growth curve skyrocketing because of that.”

Carr’s trajectory went straight up from his rookie season with Olson through the next two years – he was a legit MVP candidate in 2016 -- though it markedly dipped during a disappointing 6-10 campaign.

Gruden and Olson are generally charged with fixing an offense with talent but little production last year, though their primary objective remains more specific.

Get Carr back on track.

“Everything we do in this building is going to be about the development of Derek Carr,” Olson said. “The way we script practices, the way we are doing drills, everything that we do is all about the development of the quarterback. That will really speed the development of Derek. More so than anything is that there’s somebody here in place that’s going to make everything that we do and that everyone in the building understand that we grow as Derek Carr grows.”

Olson knows first-hand about Carr’s work ethic and acumen. He has seen athleticism, passing accuracy and a quick release turn football smarts into production. He told Gruden all that following the 2014 season, and believes Carr’s presence was an attraction to take the Raiders job.

“We drafted this guy to be that franchise quarterback," Olson said. "We feel like he has the potential to be that guy that can be here and play for 10 more years. It’s up to us to try and get that out of him. We’ll do everything in our power to make sure that that happens."