November 24, 2013 |
The Clippers escaped this time, but barely, heaving a sigh of relief when a missed jumper by DeMarcus Cousins off an inbounds play sealed their 103-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on Saturday. At some point their defensive shortcomings will hurt them, and they acknowledged it. The Clippers played what Coach Doc Rivers called a sensational first quarter defensively and led by 20 in the second quarter before they admittedly let up. That allowed the physical and boisterous Kings to lead by five with just under three minutes left in the fourth quarter and by four as late as with 2:15 left until Chris Paul bailed them out again.
November 24, 2013 |
The Lakers (6-7) can climb back to .500 with a win Sunday night at Staples Center over the Sacramento Kings (4-8). The Kings are coming of a close loss Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles against the Clippers. The return of Kobe Bryant will have to wait. The Lakers' All-Star guard still isn't ready to return from his Achilles' tendon injury, and the Lakers will also be without Steve Nash and Chris Kaman, both with back issues. Key matchup Center DeMarcus Cousins is doing his best to carry the Kings, averaging 21.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks a game.
November 23, 2013
Lakers tonight VS. SACRAMENTO When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 6-7; Kings 4-8. Record vs. Kings (2012-13): 3-1. Update: After years of tumult regarding their possible relocation, the Kings are just happy to be here. Then again, they have the Western Conference's second-worst record, and that is after playing eight of 12 games at home. Only two players average more than 10.5 points for the Kings: Center DeMarcus Cousins (21.5)
November 23, 2013 |
Chris Paul saved the day for the Clippers, rescuing them from another ragged defensive effort and helping them - barely - hold off the aggressive Sacramento Kings. Paul scored 22 points in their 103-102 victory over the Kings, including the three-point shot that brought the Clippers even at 98-98 with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter and the layup that put them ahead, 100-98. He gave them a 103-102 lead with 2.5 seconds left when he hit the first of two free throws but missed the second, and the Kings called time out with 1.9 seconds left.
November 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Benjamin Wagner, the top federal prosecutor in Sacramento, has been nothing less than a thorn in the side of JPMorgan Chase & Co. His office's investigations into the bank's toxic mortgage investments played a key role in the U.S. Justice Department's landmark $13-billion civil settlement with the nation's biggest bank. His prosecutors are continuing a parallel criminal probe which could prove even more worrisome for the New York financial giant. But for Wagner, JPMorgan is not just some far-away, faceless Wall Street behemoth.
November 18, 2013 |
It is the time of the season when good basketball teams schedule ones that aren't so good. And so we get games such as the one at Pauley Pavilion on Monday night. The arena was maybe a third full and UCLA needed a big run to end the first half to make this game feel safe for the Bruins. But 22nd-ranked UCLA (3-0) had that 16-6 flurry to finish the first half and the Bruins ended up beating Sacramento State, 86-50. An alley-oop pass from Kyle Anderson to Norman Powell that ended with a slam dunk for Powell and a 40-23 UCLA lead early in the second half did bring some of the sparse crowd to life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 |
An inmate serving time for attempted murder allegedly tried to kill a correctional officer at a Northern California state prison by slashing him repeatedly in the neck, authorities said Monday afternoon. Alberto Cortez , 22, "tried to murder" the officer with a handmade weapon inside a maximum security unit at California State Prison Sacramento, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A second inmate tried to attack officers who responded to the incident, which was reported about 8 a.m. Monday, authorities said.