The Bay Area has been no stranger to success in the past year, but what transpired this past week was nothing short of incredible.
The Golden State Warriors finished off the Denver Nuggets in dominant fashion, taking the series 4-2 with a dramatic win on Thursday night. An 18-point lead in the fourth quarter was quickly dwindled down to single digits, and a flurry of turnovers by the Warriors let the Nuggets get within two. However, they were able to hang on by a thread, and confetti poured down from the rafters at Oracle Arena as the Warriors clinched a spot in the second round.
Here are highlights from Game 6:
The Warriors were not the only Bay Area team beginning their playoff run, as a certain hockey team in the South Bay is quickly turning heads. Yes, the San Jose Sharks are up 3-0 in their first round matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, winning the first two games on the road on Wednesday and Friday, and blowing out their rivals 5-2 Sunday night at the Tank.
One of the biggest goals thus far? How about Raffi Torres’ game winner in overtime in Game 2 on Friday night:
Switching sports, but staying on the topic of success, because any team that beats LA deserves a round of applause. Not only did the San Francisco Giants beat them, they swept the Dodgers right out of town with three consecutive one-run victories.
Oh, and before playing the Dodgers, they also swept the Diamondbacks on the road earlier in the week, and have now won six straight games.
Here’s a walk-off home run from Guillermo Quiroz (who?) on Saturday night in front a rocking AT&T Park:
The Oakland A’s are coming off a series win over the Yankees in New York this weekend, but the main story of the week for them has to be the longest game in franchise history that was played on Monday night, and carried over to Tuesday morning.
“In the amount of time it takes to play two games, the Oakland Athletics earned one win against the Los Angeles Angels courtesy of a walk off home run from Brandon Moss in the 19th inning to give the A’s a 10-8 win,” senior staff writer Michael Springer penned at 2:05 am. “It was his second homer of the game, although they happened on two different days, indicating just how long it took for the A’s to earn the victory.”
Here’s video of that moment, in front of a small group of tired fans that more than got their money’s worth:
Finally, perhaps the biggest victory in local sports this week was not something that happened on court, because it was bigger than just basketball.
The Sacramento Kings are likely to stay in town after a committee of NBA owners recommended that the team not be allowed to move to Seattle.
For three months, it seemed like the 2012-2013 season would be the Kings’ last in Sacramento. However, tremendous work done by mayor Kevin Johnson and unbelievable support from fans reversed the momentum, and all that remains is a vote by the NBA Board of Governors that is all just a formality at this point.
How have we gotten to this point? Here is a great video of everything that has transpired, from the devastation in February when the pending sale was announced, to the rising optimism in April when investor after investor stepped up to help save the Kings. If this doesn’t give you chills, you aren’t human: