Wednesday, February 13, 2008

2008 Warriors versus Suns

Larkin and I went to the Golden State Warriors versus Phoenix Suns basketball game at Oracle Arena in Oakland. It was a very entertaining evening. The game had a 6:00 p.m. start time in Oakland. Rather than fight the bay area traffic, we decided to take BART. It is about 60 miles from my house to the BART station in Pittsburg. It was an hour ride with one train change to the Bart Station at the Oakland Coliseum.

The game was a track meet. It turned to Larkin about 2/3's of the way through the first quarter and said "120-118." I repeated this prediction over the course of the game.

Monta Ellis was on fire. He scored 37 points on 18 for 27 from the field. Ellis is an amazing athlete. I had watched him score 34 points on 10 for 13 from the field on Saturday night against the Sacramento Kings.

For the Suns, Grant Hill scored 26 points on 11 for 18 from the field. After years of problems, he looks very fit. I have been listening to several ESPN podcasts recently where Grant Hill's physical resurgence has been attributed to the quality of the Sun's training and medical staff. Amare Stoudemire added 29 points on 10 for 14 from the field, while Steve Nash chipped in another 20 points.

With the score tied 113 to 113 with 2:31 left in the game, Baron Davis scored three straight baskets to put the Warriors up 119 to 113 with 1:14 left. The Suns clawed back, but fell short. The Warriors won by a score of 120 to 118. The exact score I had predicted.

We wandered back out to the BART station. Initially, we jumped on the wrong train going in the right direction. After two quick train changes, we had a quiet ride back to Pittsburg. We rolled back into Elk Grove about 11:20 p.m.

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