<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top News - [BAY ONLY CSN]Sports]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/newsen-usMon, 05 Dec 2016 09:16:09 -0800Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:16:09 -0800NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Niners, Bears Set for Battle of the Basement]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:52:13 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/kaeppierunzz.jpg

When the 49ers take on the Bears in Chicago Sunday, few people are likely to notice outside the Bay Area and Illinois.

The 1-10 49ers have the second-worst record in the NFL. The 2-9 Bears are right behind. Both teams have thin rosters and even thinner hopes for picking up victories over the final five games of the 2016 season.

In fact, whoever loses this game actually helps its chances for getting the first or second pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

This may be the 49ers’ best opportunity to come up with their first victory since the opening game of the season – or at least until Dec. 24, when they get another shot at the Rams, their Game 1 victims.

The 49ers beat the Bears last season, 26-20, in Chicago when quarterback Blaine Gabbert – now benched in favor of Colin Kaepernick – had a long TD run to send the game into overtime, then hit Torrey Smith on a 71-yard TD pass to win the game.

This game will feature two of the NFL’s least-effective offenses. The 49ers rank 28th and the Bears are 16th. The Bears, however, are without injured starting quarterback Jay Cutler, meaning backup Matt Barkley will get his second straight start. In losing to the Titans last week, Barkley threw 54 times for 28 completions and 316 yards and three touchdowns, but also was intercepted twice.

One bright spot for the Bears has been rookie running back Jordan Howard, who has 766 yards rushing. Another positive has been Chicago’s defense. The Bears’ D is 11th in total yards and has been good against the run, giving up just 3.8 yards per carry.

The 49ers go into Chicago after a week in Florida, where they’ve been practicing since last week’s loss in Miami.

Niners starting left tackle Joe Staley says he and his teammates haven’t given up and are going into the Bears game with the intent of turning things around over the final five games.

“We’re 1-10 and have a 10-game losing streak,” he told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “We’ve got to get out of this slump, get back to winning ways, just feel like what it’s like to win again.

“Build on one (win), build on two and carry that momentum into the offseason, instead of ending the season terribly and wiping that from our mind and go off with some positive mojo.”

Though the 49ers have continued to lose, the offense has shown a slight uptick behind Kaepernick over the past few games. Against the Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 113 yards.

Oddsmakers, however, are giving the Bears the edge as 3-point favorites. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m. in the Bay Area.

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<![CDATA[Can Raiders' Carr Avoid a Second-Half Slump?]]>Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:12:56 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/DeeKahr.jpg

At this point in 2015, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was performing like one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks.

After nine games the Raiders were 4-5 and he had just had three consecutive 300-yard passing games and five overall. He’d thrown 21 touchdown passes vs. six interceptions. In five games, too, he’d posted a quarterback rating of 90 or more.

But over the remaining seven games, Carr hit a slump as Oakland went 3-4.  He had just one 300-yard game, threw 11 TD passes vs. seven interceptions and only once had a quarterback rating over 90.

Plus, after being sacked just 10 times in his first nine games, he went down 21 times over the final seven.

So, as the Raiders go into their bye this weekend, will Carr – who’s had a sensational first half of this season – be able to avoid a slump and carry his team into the playoffs?

The answer: probably.

Over the second half of 2015, the Raiders running game regressed, wide receiver Amari Cooper became hobbled and the offensive line play slipped. Plus, Carr’s play declined, too, said former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski.

Jaworski said Carr became more hurried over the second half of the season and less methodical.

“He’s got to calm himself down,” Jaworski told Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group in April. “I think there’s a tendency to play a little fast.” Jaworski said Carr “forced plays.”

This season, Carr has taken his game to a higher level. He’s become an MVP candidate, leading his team to a 7-2 record and first place in the AFC West. He ranks fifth in the NFL in passing, has a 99.1 quarterback rating and 17 TD throws vs. just three interceptions.

Plus, the running game now ranks among the NFL’s best, Cooper is healthy and the offensive line – with the additon of Kelechi Osemele – has developed into one of the league’s best. He’s been sacked just 11 times and been given time to throw.

Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated recently wrote that Carr is poised to be an MVP finalist in just his third season.

“If Carr keeps up this pace in the second half of the season and Oakland wins the AFC West, the youngster could be the winner,” he wrote.

The Raiders return to action on Monday night, Nov. 21, vs. the Houston Texans in Mexico City.

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<![CDATA[Norton: Raiders Defense Must Play Together vs. Bills]]>Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:50:23 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/McKoyyraidz.jpg

At 6-5, the Buffalo Bills are a deceptive team.

They don’t rank among the AFC’s leading contenders for a championship, and their passing attack ranks last in the NFL.

Yet the Bills have playmakers on both sides of the ball and their running game is the best in the league.  The Bills this season have some impressive victories against the Cardinals, Patriots, Bengals and Dolphins.

If the Raiders want to get their 10th win Sunday, the Oakland defense will have to stop the running game and force quarterback Tyrod Taylor to throw. Then, the Bills will be especially vulnerable because Taylor already has been sacked 30 times.

Taylor, however, is one of the reasons the Bills move the ball so well on the ground. He’s one of the NFL’s best running quarterbacks, with 439 yards, five TDs and an average of 6.3 yards per carry. Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy has been terrific, with 819 yards and nine TDs and No. 2 back Mike Gillslee has 326 yards rushing and four scores.

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. says the entire Raiders defense will have to play together and have no letdowns if it wants to stop the Bills from running the ball.

“Everybody understands it’s a disciplined type game plan,” he told reporters this week. “It’s a disciplined type team you’re playing. You have to be connected across the board. McCoy is a type of runner, he can start to the right and he could end up on the left.

“It kind of reminds you of the old days, Barry Sanders. He could be anywhere. It’s important each player who’s involved in the defense and in charge of the gap, you have to be solid, you have to (be) sound and you have to be disciplined and understand that we’re all connected. Everybody plays together. Not one guy tackles him. The whole unit is responsible for the running game.”

The Raiders defense was poor early this season but has made steady improvements. The NFL Network noted this week that over the past six games, Oakland’s defense ranks 10th in the league.

Overall, the Raiders still aren’t where they want to be against the run, giving up 116.9 yards per game (26th in the league). But, while the Raiders have given up 275 points this season (10th worst in the NFL), they have been better in the fourth quarter of close games, allowing quarterback Derek Carr and the offense to pull out several tight victories en route to a 9-2 record.

Over the final three minutes of games this season, Oakland has outscored its opponents 39-0.

Oddsmakers have made the Raiders 3½-point favorites for Sunday’s game. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Raiders' Road Warriors Ready for Buccaneers]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:48:31 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Carronroadee.jpg

When the Raiders take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, they should feel right at home.

Oakland will have been in Florida more than a week when the game kicks off at 10 a.m. (Bay Area time), and the Raiders this season have been very comfortable away from home with a 4-0 record.

At 5-2, the Raiders have a chance to stay atop the AFC West with a win and go into next week’s matchup with the Denver Broncos with some momentum.

Plus, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been even better on the road this season than at home. In his last seven road games, he has a 6-1 record with 13 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.

The Bucs, meanwhile, are 3-3 but are 0-2 at home.

If the Bucs’ defense is going to stop Oakland, it will have to do a solid job containing wideouts Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and Carr’s deep passes.

As Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com noted this week, Carr has been especially good on long balls this season, completing 60 percent of passes 20 or more yards downfield. That ranks No. 3 in the NFL among QBs with at least 10 deep throws.

Plus, the Raiders have done a great job protecting Carr and giving him time to find open receivers. The offensive line has given up a league-low seven sacks.

Left tackle Donald Penn, in particular, is playing very well in pass protection, protecing Carr’s blind side, something Carr appreciates.

“Donald’s the best man,” Carr told reporters this week. “He’s like a big brother. He wants to protect me more than anything. He gets mad even if his guy, his finger touches my jersey.”

The Raiders, however, also face some challenges, especially on defense. The Raiders’ leaky defense improved a bit last week in a win over Jacksonville, but now must contain quarterback Jameis Winston, who guides the team’s 16th-ranked passing attack and 11th-ranked running game.

Winston has two great weapons in running back Jaquizz Rodgers – who has had back-to-back 100-yard games – and wide receiver Mike Evans, who has six TD catches and is averaging almost seven receptions per game.

Oddsmakers have made the Bucs 1-point favorites.

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<![CDATA[Giants' Bats Go Silent in Shutout Loss to Rockies]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:42:55 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/gs-rockies1.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO — Momentum once again lasted just a few hours.

Fresh off a blowout win that players and coaches called the best of the second half, the Giants reached second base just twice against right-hander Tyler Chatwood and the Rockies, wasting a gem from Jeff Samardzija. The 2-0 loss made the road to hosting the wild card game considerably more difficult. With four games to play, the Giants trail the Mets by 1 1/2 and lead the Cardinals by a game.

On the coldest night of the year at AT&T Park, both pitchers took advantage of uncomfortable hitters. Samardzija piled up six strikeouts in the first three innings, but the heart of Colorado’s order got to him in the fourth. Carlos Gonzalez blasted a double off the very top of the left field wall and scored on Nolan Arenado’s broken-bat single to center.

Samardzija looked to be in more trouble in the sixth when a well-placed hit-and-run grounder put two on for Arenado. The longtime Giants-killer hit into an inning-ending double play. The Rockies did add a run in the seventh, however, with a double and single chasing Samardzija. He struck out 11, his high as a Giant.

The Giants got nothing going against Chatwood, who entered the night with a 1.88 ERA away from Coors Field. The Brandons drew leadoff walks in the seventh and eighth, but Buster Posey and Angel Pagan hit into double plays. Chatwood gave up just three hits in eight innings and struck out nine.

The Giants put runners on the corners for Posey in the ninth, but he grounded out to third.

Starting pitching report: Samardzija finished his night — and probably his regular season — at 203 1/3 innings. Five National League pitchers have reached the 200-inning mark this season and three are Giants: Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Samardzija (the other two are Washington’s Max Scherzer and Tanner Roark). The trio is the first to reach 200-plus innings for the Giants since Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Bumgarner in 2011.

Bullpen report: Steven Okert is getting a bigger and bigger piece of the bullpen pie. He pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of Samardzija.

At the plate: Brandon Belt’s walk in the seventh was his 100th of the season. He’s the first Giant to reach 100 since Barry Bonds in 2007. Buster Posey followed with a double-play grounder.

In the field: Brandon Crawford made a slick running catch of Arenado’s pop-up in the eighth.

Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,426 shivering human beings.

Up next: Johnny Cueto makes his first start since straining his groin. He’ll face Jon Gray, and up-and-coming right-hander.

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<![CDATA[SF Giants Apologize for Offensive Tweet]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:02:39 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/bumgarner2.jpg

The San Francisco Giants are apologizing for a tweet they say mistakenly went out Monday night in reference to Madison Bumgarner’s three strikeouts against Dodger Enrique Hernandez.

The Giants lost 2-1 to the LA Dodgers Monday. But that’s not all. They also found themselves tied for the second wild-card spot with the St. Louis Cardinals and Bumgarner got into a bit of a shouting match with Dodger Yasiel Puig. Whoever was in charge of the Giants' Twitter account Monday was obviously also having a bad night.

At 11:55 p.m., @SFGiants fired off a tweet which said: “Mr Bumgarner gets KKKike for the 3rd time tonight.”

Whoever wrote the tweet used “KKK” to refer to Bumgarner’s three strikeouts, not a great choice obviously. KKK is the abbreviation for the Ku Klux Klan, an extremist group. They also forgot the accent for Enrique Hernandez’ nickname “Kiké,” as a result the word came out as “kike,” an ethnic slur for Jewish people.

The tweet was immediately deleted, but not before it caused some stir on the internet.

On Monday, the Giants apologized with this statement: “Last night a tweet mistakenly went out in reference to Bumgarner's three strikeouts against Dodger Enrique Hernandez. In no way was it meant to cause offense and it was immediately removed the minute it was discovered. The Giants are sorry and have taken steps to ensure that something of this nature never happens again.”

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<![CDATA[A's Swept by Mariners Despite Rookie's Solid Outing]]>Sun, 11 Sep 2016 15:30:39 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/as-ms.jpg

OAKLAND — The ending could have gone better for the A’s on Sunday, but at this stage of their season, success isn’t judged solely by what the scoreboard reads.

Rookie Raul Alcantara fashioned an impressive turnaround from his shaky major league debut, pitching into the sixth inning in the A’s 3-2 defeat that completed a three-game sweep by the Seattle Mariners.

It was a 2-2 game when the Mariners broke through against A’s closer Ryan Madson in the top of the ninth. Three consecutive hits, including Ketel Marte’s run-scoring single to center, made the difference as Seattle continued its dominance at the Coliseum. The Mariners have won 12 of the past 13 meetings between the teams in Oakland.

The A’s scored both of their runs in the bottom of the second to knot the score after the Mariners scored twice in the top half. Besides those two runs, the 23-year-old Alcantara gave an impressive showing in this late-season audition in the A’s rotation. He figures to stay there as Oakland plans to utilize a six-man rotation the rest of the way.

Starting pitching report: Alcantara said after his debut that nerves didn’t get the best of him in that first outing, but the results suggested otherwise after he hit three batters and couldn’t muster his command in three innings against the Angels. He was clearly a different pitcher in his second start, and it began with a 1-2-3 top of the first that included a strikeout of Robinson Cano on a nasty changeup. The only damage off Alcantara came on Mike Zunino’s two-run homer in the second, when he connected on a 1-2 pitch. The right-hander went 5 2/3 innings and gave up just the two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Bullpen report: Ryan Dull entered in the sixth and stranded runners on second and third, retiring Zunino on a pop-up. Then Sean Doolittle and Liam Hendriks transferred the 2-2 tie to Madson in the ninth. The A’s closer hadn’t given up a run over his last 12 games, but Seattle got to him quickly for their go-ahead rally.

At the plate: The A’s tied it in the second after Khris Davis, Ryon Healy and Stephen Vogt all singled to load the bases. Brett Eibner then worked a run-scoring walk from James Paxton and Yonder Alonso delivered a sacrifice fly to tie it. With a runner at third, Chad Pinder grounded into a double play to keep it 2-2.

In the field: Eibner, drawing a start in center, showed some nice athleticism when he ranged to his left and made a sliding catch to rob Dae-Ho Lee in the eighth. Pinder and Alonso teamed up for a great play to get Seth Smith on a grounder up the middle in the first. Pinder later made a throwing error that didn’t cost a run.

Attendance: A crowd of 13,610 was on hand.

Up next: The A’s hit the road for a seven-game road trip, beginning with four in Kansas City. It begins Monday, with Ross Detwiler (1-3, 5.15) matching up against Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.34). The A’s pitchers are TBA for the next three games, with the Royals throwing lefty Danny Duffy (11-2, 3.13) on Tuesday, Yordano Ventura (10-10, 4.26) on Wednesday and Edinson Volquez (10-10, 5.09) on Thursday. The A’s tentative plan is to start Jharel Cotton on Tuesday and Sean Manaea on Wednesday. All four games will begin at 4:15 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Top Stories]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:46:23 -0800]]><![CDATA[Giants]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:46:54 -0800]]><![CDATA[Athletics]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:47:33 -0800]]><![CDATA[49ers]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:48:41 -0800]]><![CDATA[Raiders]]>Tue, 24 May 2016 14:03:15 -0800]]><![CDATA[Warriors]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:47:11 -0800]]><![CDATA[Sharks]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:47:56 -0800]]><![CDATA[College Sports]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:49:01 -0800]]><![CDATA[Early Mistakes Doom Raiders in Loss to Packers]]>Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:17:47 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/packanddelriooo.jpg

The Raiders went into Sunday’s game against the Green Packers knowing they needed to sweep their final three games to finish with a winning record and a possible trip to the playoffs.

Coming off a big victory over the division-leading Broncos, the Raiders had some momentum and big hopes.

Unfortunately for the Raiders and their fans, it was hardly enough to beat playoff-bound Green Bay – or ovecome some crucial mistakes -- at O.co Coliseum.

The Packers scored two quick touchdowns off a pair of Derek Carr interceptions in the first quarter en route to a 30-20 victory over the Raiders, who drop to 6-8.

The Raiders cut the gap to 14-13 at halftime thanks to two Sebastian Janikowski field goals and Carr’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper.

But the Packers answered with 10 points in the third quarter and six more in the final period – sandwiched around another Carr-to-Cooper TD pass -- to hold off the Raiders and extend Oakland’s playoff drought that stretches back to 2002.

Carr finished 23-of-47 for 276 yards and two TDs, but his two early interceptions were the difference in the game. He also was sacked three times.

Cooper, in the running for Offensive Rookie of the year, had six catches for 120 yards and two scores.

The Raiders now have a quick turnaround, with a Christmas Eve date against the San Diego Chargers  this Thursday night at O.co Coliseum (5:25 p.m. kickoff). Oakland will need to win that game, and the season finale in Kansas City on Jan. 3, to get to 8-8 and avoid yet another losing season. 

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<![CDATA[Raiders Lose to Packers]]>Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:21:13 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/raiders+packers.jpg

The Raiders haven’t given home fans much to cheer for this season. They were 2-4 at O.co Coliseum heading into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, one of two contests left on the home slate.

Heartbreak was on the menu yet again.

The Raiders let another close one slip away, losing 30-20 to the Packers on a soggy afternoon in the East Bay.

Yet another home loss drops the Raiders overall record to 6-8 and cements their 13th straight season without a winning record. It also formally eliminates them from AFC Wild Card contention with two games remaining.

The result was decided with 13 unanswered Packers points to close out this game. Green Bay’s offense controlled tempo with a string of third-down conversions and steady points.

The Raiders didn’t respond in kind, and let another one slip away.

Despite early Raiders' mistakes that led to a 14-0 deficit, this was a close contest throughout. The defense did a solid job preventing big plays, but struggled on third downs of any length. The offense rebounded with some touchdown drives, though not enough to take firm control of the game.

The result was in limbo early in the second half. That’s when the Raiders struck.

Cooper broke the 1,000-yard receiving barrier, one impenetrable for a full decade, in the third quarter and gave the Raiders their first lead with a 26-yard touchdown catch.

The Packers regained it quick, using a big kickoff return and three quick passes to score a touchdown. It went 30 yards to former Raiders receiver and San Jose native James Jones, and gave the Packers a 24-20 lead.

The Packers extended the lead to seven points with a field goal despite a 19-play drive that never crossed the goal line.

The Raiders held Green Bay to 97 yards in the first half, yet found themselves down 14-13 at the break. That happened because Carr threw interceptions on consecutive passes.

His first was underthrown – though safety Micah Hyde may have initiated contact late – and Hyde returned it 34 yards and set up a Packers touchdown.

Carr found Packers cornerback Damarious Randall on his next throw, and the rookie returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.

The Raiders mounted a slow comeback after that, with two field goals and Carr’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper. That touchdown came late in the second quarter after safety Charles Woodson levied a big hit on James Starks, which allowed Benson Mayowa to strip and recover his own forced fumble.

Cooper cracks 1,000: Amari Cooper became the first Raider with 1,000 receiving yards since Randy Moss did it in 2005. Cooper broke through on a 41-yard catch deep down the right sideline midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s game.

Cooper wasn’t done on that drive. He created space a few plays later and hauled in a 26-yard touchdown to give the Raiders a 20-17 lead with under seven minutes left in the third quarter.

Carr had yet another uneven home game, completing 23-of-47 passes for 276 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and an 63.8 passer rating.

Rodgers was just good enough to overcome solid Raiders run defense. He was 22-of-39 passing for one touchdown and a late interception.

Mack gets more sacks: Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack added to his sack total after getting five last week at Denver. He got another one early in Sunday’s game, tripping Rodgers up by the shoelaces on third down.

That gave him 15 for the season, one under the franchise record set by Derrick Burgess in 2005.

Injury update: Important Raiders suffered key injuries in this game. Defensive lineman Mario Edwards went down early. The rookie suffered a neck injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Receiver Seth Roberts suffered an abdominal injury shortly after dropping a touchdown pass in the second quarter that kept him out the rest of the game.

The Raiders announced that veteran pass catcher Michael Crabtree was being evaluated for a concussion, but returned and finished the game

Hayden back in mix: Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden has been largely glued to the sideline in recent weeks, but got back into the mix with Neiko Thorpe inactive with a neck injury.

Other Raiders inactives: S Nate Allen, WR Rod Streater, TE Gabe Holmes, RB Roy Helu, OL Matt McCants and DL Leon Orr.

What's next: The Raiders are in the midst of playing two games in a five-day stretch. The face the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night – every NFL team has one – for a Christmas Eve showdown that could be the last Raiders game in Oakland. The league is expected to choose teams to relocate to the Los Angeles market in January. The Raiders and Chargers are both in the running, with a stadium proposal competing with the St. Louis Rams’ option. 

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<![CDATA[Warriors Claw Back, Avoid Second Loss to Bucks]]>Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:15:50 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WarriorsGetty.jpg

The Warriors have, on the basis of events Friday night at Oracle Arena, found a new nemesis in the Milwaukee Bucks.

There was even a brief post-game jawing session to punctuate the sour feelings between the teams.

The defending champions eventually survived the frisky Bucks, taking a 121-112 win to even the score with the team that last Saturday handed them their first — and only — defeat of the season.

Klay Thompson scored 27 points and Stephen Curry poured in 26 to lead five Warriors scoring in double figures. Draymond Green tossed in 21, Festus Ezeli finished with 12 and Brandon Rush added 10.

Rush added 10 as the Warriors won their 30th consecutive home game.

Inasmuch as the Bucks led for most of this game’s 48 pulsating minutes, this victory was the result of more resilience and determination as the Warriors have shown in any game this season.

The Warriors survived despite allowing 70 points in the first half, the most any team has scored in any half against them this season -– and the most Milwaukee has score in any half this season.

The Warriors (26-1), who shot only 9-of-26 beyond the arc, outrebounded the Bucks 29-18 in the second half, including 16-11 in the final quarter.


Thompson, Green and Curry share the honors.

Thompson’s line: 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, plus-22 for the game.

Green’s line: 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, plus-15.

Curry’s line: 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, plus-13.


Down 100-89 with 8:54 left, the Warriors reentered their starters, who went on a 15-2 run to take a 104-102 lead with 4:45 left.

Though the Bucks managed to tie the score twice, the Warriors never again trailed, using a 13-4 run over the final 2:16 to pull away.


Warriors: F Harrison Barnes (L ankle sprain) and F Kevon Looney (hip surgery rehab) were listed as out and placed on the inactive list.

Bucks: C Greg Monroe (L MCL sprain) was listed as doubtful, cleared 90 minutes before tipoff and placed in the starting lineup. G Jerryd Bayless (L ankle sprain) and G Greivis Vasquez (R ankle surgery) were listed as out and placed on the inactive list.


The Warriors return to action next Wednesday, when the face the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Even Without Dalton, Bengals May be Too Much for 49ers]]>Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:34:25 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/GabbievsCincie.jpg

The 49ers catch a slight break this Sunday when they face the Cincinnati Bengals without their starting quarterback, Andy Dalton.

Dalton broke his right thumb last week and was replaced by A.J. McCarron in a 33-20 loss to the Steelers.

But will it make a difference? Probably not.

Even without Dalton, the 10-3 Bengals – on their way to the postseason -- have a talented, balanced team full of playmakers that figures to be too much for the 4-9 49ers, who are coming off a woeful 24-10 loss to a Browns team that had been 2-10.

The Bengals have the No. 6 offense in the NFL and the No. 10 defense and outscore opponents by an average of 9.6 points per game.

They have a pair of solid running backs in Jeremy Hill (604 yards, eight touchdowns) and Giovani Bernard (647 yards rushing and 413 yards receiving), a dynamic wide receiver in A.J. Green (76 catches for 1,169 yards and eight TDs) and a terrific tight end in Tyler Eifert (48 catches, 12 TDs).

Carlos Dunlap (10½ sacks) and Geno Atkins (eight sacks) lead a pass rush that may feast on a 49ers offensive line that gave up nine sacks last week and will be without starting guard Alex Boone.

The 49ers, meanwhile, rank dead last in the NFL in offense and 30th in defense. Oddsmakers have made the Bengals 4-point favorites.

One big question for the 49ers Sunday will be whether they can protect quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Against Chicago two weeks ago, Gabbert starred in an overtime victory. But against the Browns he had a tough time – as did the offense overall – while he was constantly under pressure. Gabbert placed much of the blame for the Cleveland peformance on himself.

“I have to find a way to get rid of the ball,” Gabbert told reporters this week. “When you take that many negative plays throughout a football game, it’s tough. You’re digging yourself a deep, deep hole. I just have to find answers quick and make sure we’re all on the right page with communications.”

Sunday’s game at Levi's Stadium originally was scheduled to be on "Sunday Night Football," but was rescheduled for 1:25 p.m. when the 49ers turned into one of the worst teams in the NFL.


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<![CDATA[Raiders Ready to Tangle With Explosive, Talented Packers]]>Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:55:14 -0800http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/oakprevsgeebhay.jpg

So, it’s come to this:

All the Oakland Raiders need to do to earn their first winning record since 2002 and a possible trip to the playoffs is win Sunday’s home game against the explosive Green Bay Packers, come back on Thursday night to beat the visiting Chargers on Christmas Eve and then close out the year with a victory at hostile Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

No problem, right?

One oddsmaking website gives the Raiders a 0.7 percent chance of pulling it off.

Yet the 6-7 Raiders, coming off an upset victory over the AFC West-leading Broncos last week, know that a three-game sweep won’t happen unless they take care of the Packers first. And that will be a difficult assignment.

Green Bay, 9-4, is coming off a 28-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and is a dangerous, explosive team on offense with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and rejuvenated running back Eddie Lacy. Lacy has rushed for 100 or more yards in three of the past four games, and the Packers rank No. 4 in the NFL in rushing.

Rodgers, off course, is the key. His quick release and mobility in the pocket are a counter to the Raiders’ ferocious pass rush in recent games, led by Khalil Mack (who had five sacks in Denver). This season, Rodgers has thrown 28 touchdown passes vs. just five interceptions.

On defense, Green Bay has playmakers in linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and a solid secondary. Peppers has seven sacks in just three career games vs. the Raiders.

Though oddsmakers have made Green Bay a 3-point favorite, the Raiders appear capable – and hungry enough – to pull the upset. Oakland’s defense against the run has been tough and its pass rush tougher. The Raiders now rank No. 12 in the NFL against the run.

And the Raiders’ passing attack with quarterback Derek Carr has proven it can put up points against any team in the league. Carr is 10th in the NFL with a 96.5 quarterback rating, with 28 TD throws vs. nine interceptions, and his receiving corps – featuring playmakers such as Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Seth Roberts, Clive Walford and Mychal Rivera – is talented and deep.

This week, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio talked about how proud he is of his team and the strong defense being built. He says the Raiders want to have “a dominant defense here.”

But to beat the Packers, he said that defense will have to control Rodgers, something most teams can’t do.

“A big challenge,” said Del Rio. “Obviously he’s got a great arm, real quick delivery, he can kind of flip it from any position and make plays down the field, but he takes off and runs, makes plays happen with his feet. I think it’s 38 scrambles on the year for big yardage. He doesn’t just go and get a first down and get down, he’s going and taking off and trying to score with it.”


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