Bay Area Topics
Warriors Win Big
After two days of buildup, the game was no contest. The Warriors on Wednesday night blew the Clippers off the Oracle Arena floor, taking a 121-104 victory over their Southern California rivals.
Stephen Curry scored 28 points to lead five Warriors in double figures, as the squad pushed its record to 4-0 for only the fourth time in franchise history.
Draymond Green finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists -– as well as another stellar defensive effort on Clippers star Blake Griffin. Klay Thompson put in 19 points, Leandro Barbosa 13 and Harrison Barnes added 10.
The Warriors shot 66.1 percent through the first three quarters, finishing the game at 58.1 percent –- 60 percent from 3-point range (15 of 25). The Clippers, held to 33.3 percent in the first half, finished at 46.3 percent from the floor.
The Warriors also clobbered Los Angeles on the glass, 39-30, with center Andrew Bogut grabbing a game-high 14.
Kings Win Big
The Sacramento Kings raced out to a 21-point first quarter lead and never looked back, winning their fourth straight game defeating the Denver Nuggets 131-109.
The Kings improved to 4-1–their best start since the 2011 season.
The fourth quarter featured Sacramento being outscored by Denver 37-26 but the outcome was well in hand and Cousins didn’t see the floor in the final quarter.
Cousins led Sacramento with 30 points while Rudy Gay scored 29 and Carl Landry chipped in with 18 off the bench.
The Nuggets were paced by Foye’s 19 points and 13 apiece by Wilson’s Chandler and Ty Lawson.
San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore announced his retirement on Wednesday due to a knee injury he suffered during college.
Lattimore, 23, tore every ligament in his right knee and dislocated his kneecap during a 2012 game while playing for the University of South Carolina. The 49ers selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft and he spent the entire 2013 season on the non-football injury list recovering. He intended to make his debut this season, but his knee injury continued to derail those plans.
It was reported earlier this week he was considering retirement after experiencing soreness in his knee. He made the news official on Wednesday in a press release.
“After prayer and careful consideration, I have decided it’s time to end my professional football career,” said Lattimore. “I have given my heart and soul to the game that I love, and it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life and help others. I have given every ounce of my energy toward making a full recovery from my knee injury, and I have made a lot of progress. Unfortunately, getting my knee fully back to the level the NFL demands has proven to be insurmountable.
“I am grateful for the entire 49ers organization. Their decision to draft me was the realization of a lifelong dream to be an NFL player, and I cannot thank them enough for believing in me and for doing everything in their power to assist in my recovery. I will always be a 49er!
Lattimore also said he will return to the University of South Carolina to complete his degree.