The Golden State Warriors posted their second win in as many seasons over the defending champion Miami Heat on South Beach and will try to follow that up tonight when the visit Atlanta.
The Pac-12 women’s basketball season also gets under way with a pair of games in the Bay Area.
Here is the docket for Friday:
NBA: Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks, 4:30 p.m.
The Warriors stunned the Miami Heat Thursday night and now have to follow that up at the ATL. Golden State is 3-0 on its current seven-game Eastern swing, while the Hawks have won three of their last four. The Hawks hold a 30-20 edge over the Warriors since the Dubs moved to Oakland in 1971, but the Warriors have won the last two meetings at Philips Arena, including a 115-93 blowout there on Dec. 15, 2012.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Oregon Ducks at Stanford Cardinal, 6 p.m.
The 9-2 Ducks visit the 11-1 Cardinal, who have won 10 straight games since a loss at No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 11. Last season, Stanford routed Oregon at Maples Pavilion 74-50 on Feb. 24, in a game marked by Chiney Ogwumike recording her school-record 52nd career double-double and setting a school mark with 24 rebounds.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Oregon State Beavers at Cal Golden Bears, 8 p.m.
The 8-4 Beavers come to Haas Pavilion to take on the 8-3 Golden Bears in the Pac-12 opener for both squads. The last time these teams met in Berkeley, Cal escaped an upset bid on Feb. 24 with a 58-56 victory, with Layshia Clarendon scoring 18 of her 26 points in the second half as the Golden Bears rallied from a 30-18 halftime deficit.