Leading Off

Will red-hot Warriors be ‘Dubbed’ champs?

Sacramento Kings, from left, Jason Thompson (34), Darren Collison, and Quincy Miller (20) guard Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson during the third quarter on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Oakland, Calif.
Sacramento Kings, from left, Jason Thompson (34), Darren Collison, and Quincy Miller (20) guard Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson during the third quarter on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. AP

This, that and the other thing:

▪ Is there any question the Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA? They are 36-6 with a leading candidate for MVP (Steph Curry), a certain first-time All-Star reserve who should be starting (Klay Thompson) and a Coach of the Year favorite in his first year (Steve Kerr).

▪ The NBA is still buzzing after Thompson’s 37-point, third-quarter performance in Friday’s win over the Kings at Oracle Arena. In less than 10 minutes, the shooting guard made all 13 of his field-goal attempts, all nine of his three-point tries and both free-throw attempts. Just as amazing: 18 of his points came in the final three minutes of the quarter.

▪ Can you remember what you were doing on Nov. 11, 2014? The Kings were 5-2 and a half game behind Golden State in the Pacific Division when the Warriors last lost at home, to the Spurs 113-110.

▪ Not that we’re saying the Warriors will win their first NBA championship since 1975. The regular season and playoffs are different animals, especially if the Oklahoma City Thunder earns one of the Western Conference’s eight playoff spots and plays the Warriors.

▪ The Kings played very well through the first half on Friday and were looking to end the Warriors’ 18-game (now 19-game) home winning streak. Sacramento took a brief lead at 58-56. Then Thompson made a basket, then another and another ...

▪ Mother nature was kind to the Kings on Monday, giving Sacramento an unexpected extra day off because of the anticipated blizzard across the Northeast. The Kings’ six-game losing streak is their longest of this already long season.

▪ The most anticipated event of the sports year takes place this week in Arizona – Tiger Woods makes his 2015 debut at the Phoenix Open.

– Victor Contreras

vcontreras@sacbee.com


What to watch

Tennis, Australian Open, 4 p.m., TENNIS, and

6 p.m., ESPN2: The major moves into the quarterfinals, with both Williams sisters still playing.


On this date

1973: UCLA, led by Bill Walton, set an NCAA record with 61 straight victories with an 82-63 win over Notre Dame.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Jan. 27 to correct the year in “On this date.”

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