Bay Area Topics
The Warriors on Thursday won their 11th consecutive game, matching the franchise record, with a 112-85 dispatching of the Pelicans before a sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.
Five players scored in double figures, with Klay Thompson leading the way with 23 points. Stephen Curry added 19 points and Harrison Barnes scored 17, with Marreese Speights putting in 12.
Draymond Green finished with 14 points and a team-high 14 rebounds.
The Warriors started sluggishly but pushed their record to an NBA-best 16-2 with a 31-12 second quarter, after which they never allowed New Orleans (8-9) to get back into the game. The Warriors led by as much as 25.
Running at every opportunity, the Warriors scored 43 fast-break points to only 14 such points for the Pelicans. And despite the looming presence of New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, the Warriors relentlessly attacked the paint, where they posted 62-48 advantage.
Davis led New Orleans with 30 points and 15 rebounds.
The Warriors win streak ties the record set by the 1971-72 Warriors coached by Al Attles.
Tommy Wingels, Tyler Kennedy and Joe Pavelski each scored twice, and the Sharks erased an early two-goal deficit to beat the Boston Bruins on Thursday night at SAP Center, 7-4.
The Sharks concluded a six-game homestand with a 3-1-2 mark, after losing the first three. For the first time this season they have won three straight in regulation, including victories over Philadelphia on Tuesday and Anaheim last Saturday.
The teams combined for six goals in a hectic second period, resulting in a 4-4 deadlock after 40 minutes.
The San Francisco 49ers have had an inconsistent season, but amidst the turmoil, Chris Borland has emerged as a serious presence. The 49ers rookie earned a significant honor today, as the NFL named him Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. This followed back-to-back Rookie of the Week awards in Weeks 10 and 11. It is worth noting the weekly awards are voted on by fans, while the monthly award is not. Borland joins Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis as the only 49ers linebackers to win the award.
Borland’s November was kind of ridiculous. According to the NFL, he is the only player in the past 20 years to accrue 70+ tackles and 2+ interceptions in a calendar month. He led the NFL with 70 tackles in November, although every source seems to end up with different tackle total. However you look at it, he has been a force.
The Giants are contemplating a reunion with Melky Cabrera, who left the team in disgrace after a positive drug test in 2012, but assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Thursday that left field is not the team’s biggest priority in the deals leading into the winter meetings.
Evans said left field is not the highest priority because the Giants have fallbacks in Gregor Blanco, Juan Perez and even Travis Ishikawa, who reached agreement with the team on a one-year, $1.1 million contract to avoid arbitration.
The Giants also reached a one-year, $800,000 deal with catcher Hector Sanchez to avoid arbitration.