DENVER GETS PHYSICAL WITH WARRIORS AND SENDS SERIES BACK TO ORACLE FOR GAME 6
The Golden State Warriors designs on ending their first round playoff series against the Denver at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night were pushed against by Nuggets....literally.
For the first time in the series the Nuggets got physical with the sharp-shooters from the Bay Area and knocked of the Warriors 107-100. Denver's energizer Kenneth Faried, set the tone early by clipping Stephen Curry early, as the Nuggets made sure the Warriors felt their presence on the defensive end. Curry was held to 15 points in the game on 1-of-7 shooting from long distance.
The Nuggets jumped out to an early 14-point lead by getting out in transition. That lead ballooned to 20 points at the half and by the late third quarter the Warriors found themselves down by 22. But, the Dubs came scratching back. Jarrett Jack and Harrison Barnes led a surge that whittled the deficit to single digits mid-way through the fourth quarter and with 2:10 to go the Warriors were down 100-95 and had the ball. But, Curry missed a right wing three and Klay Thompson's right corner three moments later rimmed out. The dagger was delivered by the Nuggets Wilson Chandler on the ensuing possesion as he railed a right corner three to put Game 5 to bed.
Much of the fireworks regarding these two teams happened after the game as Warriors head coach Mark Jackson told the media that the Nuggets had a "hit out" on Curry and their brand of basketball wasn't just physical but it was dirty.
Faried says the Nuggets were tired of letting the Warriors push them around and wanted to make a statement...
Nuggets head coach was told that Jackson called his team's tactics dirty, to which Karl responded, "did Draymond Green play basketball or football at Michigan State ?"
The series has certainly taken a turn toward chippiness. Game 6 is the Oracle in Oakland on Thursday
PABLO PLAYS ROLE OF HERO, GIANTS BEAT DIAMONDBACKS
(AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left after allowing a leadoff single to Angel Pagan, the Giants' fourth hit against the right-hander. J.J. Putz (2-1) came on for Arizona and struck out Marco Scutaro, and quickly went ahead 0-1 on Sandoval.
But Sandoval drove Putz's next pitch, a hanging split-finger fastball, deep into the right-field stands to give Giants the lead and hand the struggling Diamondbacks closer his fourth blown save in nine chances.
It was San Francisco's second straight come-from-behind victory, rallying for a 6-4 win in the series opener Monday.
Sandy Rosario (1-0) recorded the last out of the eighth inning for his first career win, and Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
OAKLAND'S DOMINATION OF ANGELS CONTINUES
(AP) — Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs, Seth Smith knocked in three with a bases-loaded double and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Tuesday.
One night after outlasting the Angels 10-8 in a 19-inning classic that lasted 6½ hours, the A's had a few problems defensively but looked just fine at the plate while beating Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive time this season.
Jarrod Parker (1-4) pitched into the seventh inning and Derek Norris scored twice for Oakland.
Mike Trout drove in four runs and Mark Trumbo homered for the second straight game for the Angels. Los Angeles fell to 9-17, the worst start in franchise history.
CHICO STATE TRACK FIELD SEEKS ANOTHER BANNER IN TURLOCK
The Chico State men's and women's Track Field teams are headed to Turlock as they get ready to defend their CCAA Championships. Oliver Hanf is the women's Track and Field head coach and interim men's coach while Gary Towne is the men's and women's distance coach. They are both looking for the squads top have another impressive showing against CCAA foes.
The men have won an amazing 9 straight CCAA championships while the women have won three straight conference titles.