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.

Sharks exorcise MSG demons, take down Rangers


Sharks exorcise MSG demons, take down Rangers


NEW YORK — Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones stopped xx shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the struggling New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night.

Tim Heed, Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games. Jones got his fourth straight win after losing his first two starts.

Mika Zibanejad scored and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 20 saves for the Rangers, who fell to 2-6-2 on the season. New York finished 0 for 6 on the power play and is 3 for 25 over the last six games.

With the Sharks leading 3-0 after two periods, Couture took the puck away from Lundqvist behind the goal and sent it to Karlsson, who put it in for his second of the season at 2:51 of the third. Couture got his 200th career assist on the play.

San Jose turned the puck over in its defensive zone and Zibanejad snapped a shot into the top right corner to spoil Jones' shutout bid at 4:23 of the final period.

Donskoi increased the Sharks' lead to 3-0 with 38 seconds left in the second as he skated into the right circle and beat Lundqvist glove-side inside the right post.

The Rangers controlled the play for most of the first period while outshooting the Sharks 16-8, but trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes.

Couture, who had his second career hat trick in a loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday night, got San Jose on the scoreboard 1:56 into the game. With Jones pulled for an extra skater on a delayed penalty, Brent Burns sent pass from the right circle up top to Couture, who fired a slap shot from straightaway past Lundqvist.

Jones had two nice saves on back-to-back attempts in close by Pavel Buchnevich with a little more than nine minutes left in the first.

Heed doubled the Sharks' lead with 7:15 left as he brought the puck up the right side and sent a bad-angle shot from near the goal line along the boards. The puck trickled through Lundqvist's pads for the 26-year-old's first career goal in his seventh NHL game.

The Rangers had a two-man advantage for 25 seconds late in the opening period, but Jones stoppedZibanejad's shot from top of the left circle, and Rick Nash missed with an attempt in close.

NOTES: Couture has six goals and three assists in his last four games. ... The Sharks are 30 for 31 on the penalty kill in seven games since giving up three power-play goals in the season- opener against Philadelphia. ... The teams conclude the season series Jan. 25 at San Jose. ... Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk played in his 500th career regular season game. ... New York F Rick Nash played in his 999th game. ... D Marc Staal played in his 699th game — all with the Rangers — and passed Mark Messier and Steve Vickers for sole possession of 12th place on the franchise list. ... New York has given up 15 goals in the first period this season.


Sharks: At Boston on Thursday night in the fifth of a six-game trip that concludes at Buffalo on Saturday.

Rangers: Host Arizona on Thursday night in the finale of a season-high six-game homestand.

Raiders expect Lynch ruling soon; 'it would be the fairest thing'


Raiders expect Lynch ruling soon; 'it would be the fairest thing'

Running back Marshawn Lynch formally appealed his one-game suspension on Monday afternoon.

The Raiders hope to hear a ruling by Tuesday.

“I think we expect to hear something early in the week, hopefully by tomorrow,” head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Monday press conference. “(It) would be the fairest thing so that the team can prepare.”

That’s the expectation, according to an ESPN report. The Raiders should know by Tuesday whether Lynch’s suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct will stand.

The suspension stems from a Thursday night incident where he left the sidelines to join an on-field fracas involving Raiders offensive linemen and Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters. The third-year pro was penalized for a late hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr his linemen didn’t take kindly.

Peters and Lynch are extremely close friends and Oakland natives, and Lynch instinctively went out to protect someone he views as family. He inadvertently grabbed an official by the jersey and let go shortly after. He was flagged and ejected by rule.

He missed most of Thursday’s 31-30 victory over the Chiefs, and the NFL suspended him one game without pay on Friday. That could cost Lynch a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

ESPN reports that Peters by phone spoke at Lynch’s appeal hearing, where the running back’s team also cited precedent of others contacting an official without getting suspended. Leaving the sideline, however, may not help his appeal.

Del Rio said he hadn’t spoken with Lynch since the ejection.

“I said the other night I was disappointed that we had a player leave the bench,” Del Rio said. “It’s something we talk about – don’t leave the bench area.”

The Raiders ran with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington after Lynch’s ejection, and combined for 67 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. The pair with shoulder a rushing load Sunday at Buffalo if Lynch is unavailable.

“They don’t have the size and the power but they have a little more quickness, they catch the ball a little easier, better route-runners, things like so,” Del Rio said. “So, if you’re playing a little more wide open, in some respects they give you a little more juice. Marshawn give you the power back when you want to finish people and in tough situations. Those guys give you more than a change of pace.”