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Mavs Capitalize On Curry’s Absence To Beat Warriors 126-91

OAKLAND (AP) — Luka Doncic had a triple-double, Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-best 21 points in a rare start and the Dallas Mavericks capitalized on Stephen Curry’s absence to beat the Golden State Warriors 126-91 on Saturday night.

Golden State dropped out of the top seed in the Western Conference to a half-game behind Denver. With Curry resting, Kevin Durant had 25 points and DeMarcus Cousins scored 19. The Warriors were 4 for 30 from 3-point range, with Durant going 0 for 8 and Klay Thompson missing all four of his tries.

Doncic had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Dallas had dropped 12 straight in Oakland since its previous victory in April 2012.

The Mavs never trailed and built their lead to 43 early in the final quarter. Maxi Kleber had 16 points and Ryan Broekhoff added 17 off the bench for Dallas, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

The 40-year-old Nowitzki scored 10 points in the game’s opening four minutes, and the Mavericks jumped out to a 22-7 lead. Nowitzki went 8 for 14 from the field, including 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, in what could be his final visit to Golden State before possibly retiring after the season.


Mavericks: Doncic had his sixth triple-double of a stellar rookie season. … Mavs hit 65.2 percent of their shots in the first half, while holding the Warriors to 29.6 percent.

Warriors: The four 3-point makes tied a season low. … Missed seven of their first eight shots and never really recovered, shooting 40 percent for the game. … Andrew Bogut, who recently re-signed with the Warriors, also skipped the game for rest.


Mavericks: Host the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. The Mavs just lost 116-100 at Sacramento last Thursday night.

Warriors: Complete a home back-to-back and a three-game homestand Sunday night against the Detroit Pistons.

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Kevin Durant Plays With Heavy Heart After Shooting Death Of ‘Adopted Brother’

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant was in mourning Friday after a close friend he referred to as his “adopted brother” was killed in a shooting near Atlanta.

Authorities say Clifford Dixon was shot and killed in the DeKalb County community of Chamblee during his birthday party celebration at a bar and restaurant. He was 32.

Dixon grew up with Durant and Warriors guard Quinn Cook in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. As a teenager, Kevin Durant’s mother, Wanda Pratt, allowed him to move into her family’s home.

Since that time, Durant has referred to him as his “adopted brother.”

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said he talked with Durant and Cook before Thursday night’s Golden State 112-89 win over Indiana. Durant scored 15 points and had six assists in the game with Cook adding 2 points.

“I did speak with Kevin,” Kerr said. “Obviously, a very difficult time for Kevin and Kevin’s family…Quinn Cook was very close to the victim as well. So a very somber mood in shootaround today.”

“For most of us, we play or coach this game — this is kind of our refuge,” he added about Durant’s decision to play. “Being able to play. Being able to immerse yourself in a game is the best way to deal with something tragic, something difficult. I know he will be playing with a heavy heart…I hope he can lose himself in the game and find some joy ”

Chamblee police said Dixon had just arrived and was standing in the parking lot when someone shot him multiple times. He died of his injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital.

An investigation into the shooting is underway.

Durant Helps Lead Warriors Past Pacers After Friend’s Death

OAKLAND (AP) — Kevin Durant established Golden State’s defensive energy by swatting away shots early. Eventually, the Warriors got going on the other end as they almost always do.

Durant had 15 points, six assists and three blocks after losing a close friend earlier in the day, and the Warriors ran away from the Indiana Pacers 112-89 on Thursday night.

Durant led a balanced Warriors attack, playing the same day childhood friend Cliff Dixon was shot to death in Atlanta. Warriors guard Quinn Cook also was close with Dixon as they’re all from the Washington D.C./Maryland area.

Stephen Curry scored 12 of his 15 points with four 3-pointers during the Warriors’ 35-point third quarter in which they limited Indiana to 19.

“Tonight I thought our spirit and our energy were fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said, crediting his group for being “engaged.”

Tyreke Evans scored 20 points off the bench and Thaddeus Young added 18 for the Pacers, who were without coach Nate McMillan for family reasons.

Indiana ended its four-game swing out West by losing an eighth straight road game and missing another chance to clinch a playoff berth following a 115-109 defeat at the Clippers on Tuesday night.

The Warriors, whose defense has become a greater focus with the playoffs approaching, have allowed their fewest points in two of the past four games. Oklahoma City scored 88 points Saturday before the two-time defending champions held down Indiana.

Klay Thompson began 0 for 7, missing his first five 3-pointers, and wound up with 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting. He scored his first field goal of the night, which he followed with another basket the next possession, at the 7:46 mark of the second quarter and his first 3 came in the final minute of the first half as Golden State built a 53-43 lead at the break.

“Well I finally decided to make a shot, so that felt good,” Thompson cracked.

Golden State returned from an impressive 3-1 road trip — with wins at Houston, Oklahoma City and Minnesota and a loss at San Antonio — to play its first game at Oracle Arena since a 115-111 flop against lowly Phoenix on March 10.

DeMarcus Cousins returned after missing two games with a sore right ankle and had 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Andrew Bogut received a warm welcome for his home debut after re-joining the Warriors on the road. The 7-foot big man played on Golden State’s 2015 championship team and the 73-win team the following season that lost in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cavaliers, and he got hurt in Game 5 of the finals and missed the rest of the series.

“In my old age you get a bit sentimental,” Bogut said. “It’s funny how life works, right?”

Both teams had slow starts: The game was tied at 19 after the first quarter, when the Warriors were 1 of 10 on 3s.

“I thought our defensive intensity was good in the first half, and what happens in this league is when you’re not scoring points the flood gates can open,” Pacers assistant Dan Burke said.


Kerr still expects Bogut to make an impact even with Cousins healthy again and despite “an insurance-policy role.”

Bogut had seven rebounds and four points — shooting 1 for 8 — in nine minutes.

And Bogut was greeted exactly how Kerr figured — with “a raucous reception.”

The big man waved and smiled as fans cheered when video highlights were shown on the big screen with “Welcome back Andrew Bogut.”

“I think our fans recognize that, in many ways, Andrew represented the shift in the Warriors organization and its emphasis on defense,” Kerr said. “I think that trade was really kind of the first domino to fall in terms of — well Steph’s drafting was the first one, let’s not forget that one — but shortly thereafter Andrew came over in the trade and there was an organizational shift toward a defensive mindset which I think Mark Jackson implemented and the players started to reflect that philosophy.”


Pacers: G Darren Collison sat out a second straight game with a bruised right quadriceps muscle. When he missed Tuesday it snapped his streak of 71 straight starts this season. … Indiana is 4-9 on the road vs. the Western Conference, having lost the last five.

Warriors: All five Warriors starters scored in double figures for the fourth time, with Golden State winning each of those. … The Warriors won 132-100 at Indiana on Jan. 28, getting 39 assists and shooting 54.1 percent and going 13 of 31 on 3s. … Golden State is 27-4 when notching 30 or more assists (32 on Thursday). … Bogut is three regular-season games shy of 700 in 14 seasons.


Warriors: Host Mavericks on Saturday night having won 12 straight at home in the series.

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Curry’s Explosive 3rd Quarter Lifts Warriors Past Timberwolves, 117-107

MINNEAPOLIS (CBS SF/AP) — The Golden State Warriors climbed back atop the Western Conference standings after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-107 on Tuesday evening. Stephen Curry’s explosive 22-point third quarter helped propel the team on the road.

Curry went 8 for 14 from 3-point range, pushing him past the 300 mark for the third time in four seasons. The Warriors had 39 assists on 44 made field goals and finished 19 for 42 from 3-point range in the wrap-up of a four-game trip. They’ve won 20 of their last 25 games away from home.

Klay Thompson pitched in with 28 points. Jonas Jerebko added 18 points off the bench, Kevin Durant scored 17 points and Draymond Green had 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors (48-22), who bounced back from a loss at San Antonio on Monday and moved a half-game ahead of Denver (47-22) in the race for the top seed. The Nuggets were idle.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 21 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins totaled 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Josh Okogie had 19 points for the Timberwolves, who played again without the injured Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose, Robert Covington and Luol Deng, and lost their fourth straight game.

The Warriors, finishing their ninth set of games on consecutive nights out of 12 back-to-backs on their schedule this season, started rather sleepily and watched the Wolves build a 22-9 lead. Curry’s lob pass to Andrew Bogut on one possession during that stretch turned into a missed dunk.

The beauty of the Warriors — or irritation, depending on the rooting interest — is how quickly they can recover. They used a 21-3 run over the next 5:51 to take control, with their long-range shooting simply too much for this undermanned Wolves team that, even at full strength, is vulnerable defensively.

Jerebko, whose playing time has dwindled since DeMarcus Cousins returned, had 14 points in the second quarter alone, including a couple of deep 3-pointers from the wing to help the Warriors cruise into halftime with a 59-47 lead.

The Wolves managed to work their way back to tie the game at 61 on Okogie’s 3-pointer, but the Warriors needed only 3:18 for a 14-1 spurt that put them right back in charge. Curry had eight of those points.


The Timberwolves haven’t been above the .500 mark since they were 13-12, entering a four-game trip on Dec. 8. They dropped all four of those.

Of the eight stretches of three straight road games or more the Wolves had this season, they went winless five times. That included the three-game swing to Denver, Utah and Houston they finished on Sunday, losing by an average margin of 20.3 points. All three of those teams are all well on track to clinch spots in the playoffs in the coming days or weeks. That trip also took the Timberwolves into the final 15-game stretch of this tumultuous season, with 12 of those opponents currently above the cut for the playoffs.

The Warriors? They’ll only face a top-eight team in either conference four more times, with 12 games to go.


Joining Houston’s James Harden, Curry gave the NBA two players with 300-plus 3-pointers made for the first time in the same season. Curry, who set the record of 402 three years ago, has five of the top seven single-season totals in league history.


Warriors: Bogut started at center for Cousins (sore right ankle) for the second straight game and had two points and six rebounds in 13 minutes. Cousins is expected to play in the next game, coach Steve Kerr said.

With Curry, Bogut, Green and Thompson in the starting lineup at the same time, the Warriors have won 108 of 133 games. Jerebko reached double-digit points for the first time in 29 games, since Dec. 22 against Dallas (23 points).

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Spurs Extend Streak To 9 Straight With 111-105 Win Over Warriors

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonia Spurs aren’t concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season.

DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 111-105 on Monday night for their ninth straight win.

“We’re just trying to get wins, man, that’s all,” Spurs forward Rudy Gay said. “We’ve had wins, we’ve had big wins, we’ve had some bad losses, (too). It just feels good to win the games we think we should.”

San Antonio won its 11th straight at home and moved into fifth in the Western Conference following the Thunder’s loss to Miami. The Spurs also clinched a winning record for the 22nd straight season.

Stephen Curry had 25 points after a slow start and Kevin Durant added 24 for the Warriors, who entered the game having won two straight. Golden State dropped into a tie with Denver for first place in the West with matching 47-22 records.

“That’s the hottest team in the league and obviously really well-coached,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were executing and I thought they outexecuted us, outcoached us. They deserved to win.”

San Antonio’s winning streak is second only to Golden State’s 11 straight wins earlier this season. Remarkably, the Spurs’ longest winning streak since 2016 comes directly after they went 1-7 for their worst Rodeo Road Trip ever.

San Antonio has beaten Golden State, Denver, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Portland and Detroit during its streak. All of those clubs are among the top six teams in their conference.

“Guys are playing better,” Aldridge said of the turnaround. “We’re trying to be better defensively. Communication has been better and it’s just winning time. I think everyone senses that.”

Golden State was without DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala, who both sat with injuries, but remained within two possessions in the final minute.

The Warriors had to rally in the second half after a sluggish start.

Curry and Klay Thompson opened the game a combined 0 for 11, but the Warriors’ defense allowed them to tie the game at 25 when Curry threw in a 61-footer to close the first quarter.

Curry finished 9 for 25 from the field and Thompson finished with 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting. Thompson said the “Splash Brothers” struggles were their own rather than anything the Spurs did defensively.

“Just missed shots,” Thompson said. “That’s all it is. Shots that we normally hit, too. Yeah, they’re a smart disciplined team but it’s not like we weren’t getting to our spots and getting good looks. Just didn’t go in.”

After trailing by 11 in the third quarter, the Warriors’ offense awoke to silence the sold-out crowd with a 16-5 run to forge a 75-all tie. The run included a shakedown, step-back 3-pointer by Curry and a pair of quick passes from Curry to Draymond Green to Shaun Livingston for an emphatic dunk. Curry had eight points in the run.

“Every time we made a run, they countered and they made a run,” Green said.

DeRozan scored 10 points in the final quarter, including a pair of pull-up jumpers over Thompson, to seal the victory.

Gay added 17 points for San Antonio and Derrick White had 12.


Warriors: Cousins sat the game out with a sore right foot and Iguodala missed the game following dental work. … Andrew Bogut started the game after signing with the team March 6 after playing this season in Australia. Bogut spent four seasons with Golden State before rejoining the team as a free agent. … The Warriors have won at least 23 road games in six straight seasons. They lost for the fifth time in 24 games away from home. … Golden State defeated San Antonio by 39 points in their previous meeting, Feb. 6 at Oracle Arena. It was the largest winning margin over the Spurs in franchise history.

Spurs: Aldridge has 18,854 career points, moving past Glen Rice for 69th all-time in league history. Rice had 18,338 career points over 15 seasons beginning in 1989. … DeRozan is the first Spurs guard to make 300 free throws in a season since Manu Ginobili in 2011. .. The Spurs won 13 straight in 2016.


Bogut picked up a foul on an illegal screen 9 seconds into the game.

“That was a welcome to the league, for sure,” Bogut said. “Just like, we know you set some hard screens so we’re just going to blow one early.”

Bogut finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes as he reunited with Curry, Thompson and Green. His points included an alley-oop dunk from Curry.

“It was fun,” Curry said. “It’s been what three years (since he last played with Bogut). I came in transition and besides probably (Damian Jones) early in the year, I haven’t thrown a lob like that to somebody. It just felt like second nature at that point. He went up and finished it.”


Warriors: At Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Spurs: Host Miami on Wednesday night.

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Durant Out, Curry’s 33 Lead Warriors Past OKC, 110-88

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 33 points to help the Golden State Warriors roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-88 on Saturday night.

Klay Thompson scored 23 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Warriors.

Many Oklahoma City fans hoped for the chance to boo former Thunder star Kevin Durant, but the league’s No. 4 scorer sat out his second straight game for the Warriors with a sprained right ankle.

Golden State made up for Durant’s absence with defense. Oklahoma City shot 32 percent from the field, its worst percentage of the season, and made just 13 of 41 3-pointers.

Paul George had 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 15 points for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook scored just seven points on 2-for-16 shooting and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts. He had nine assists and eight rebounds.

Curry scored 19 points in the first half to help the Warriors lead 64-46 at the break. Curry scored 11 more in the third quarter to put the Warriors up 87-71 at the end of the period, and they were never threatened after that.


Warriors: Andre Iguodala started in Durant’s place and scored two points in 23 minutes. … Shot 61 percent from the field in the first quarter and made 7 of 11 3-pointers. … F Draymond Green had nine points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Thunder: Oklahoma City debuted a patch with the logo of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores on Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Thunder became the final NBA team with a corporate sponsorship. The NBA began selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18 when Nike became the league’s official apparel company. … Westbrook was called for a technical foul in the second quarter after he thought he got fouled on a post-up against Thompson. It was his 16th technical of the season, which means he’ll be suspended for one game unless one of his technicals is rescinded.


Warriors: Visit the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Thunder: Host the Miami Heat on Monday.

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Warriors Announce Plans For Oakland Practice Facility After Move To SF

OAKLAND (KPIX) — The Golden State Warriors have big plans for their downtown Oakland practice facility after they move to the Chase Center in San Francisco next season, but the plans do not include playing there.

The team announced that the facility — which consists of two-and-a-half NBA-sized basketball courts and a warren of offices — would be converted into a community and health center and would house a series of Oakland nonprofits. The space will also continue to be used for Warriors youth basketball camps.

The center will be called Generation Thrive and is the product of a partnership between the Warriors Community Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The nonprofits working within Generation Thrive will provide educational resources, college and career counseling, and health and wellness programs for underprivileged youths.

“We saw a real opportunity to re-purpose it in a way that would be a real demonstration of our ongoing commitment to Oakland and that’s what we got to announce today,” said Warriors team president Rick Welts.

Welts was joined onstage for the announcement by Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and representatives from the Warriors Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to keep our footprint in Oakland and to do amazing things for the next generation of kids who look up to us,” said Curry.

Schaaf said the facility is a sign that the Warriors are committed to keeping a presence in Oakland.

“You heard it here first!” she told the crowd. “The Warriors are not leaving Oakland!”

But as the team approaches its final post-season in Oakland, there are still some hard feelings. Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan lashed out on Twitter Monday after Warriors player Klay Thompson suggested that the crowd at Oracle Arena lacked enthusiasm during Sunday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns.

“Fans in Oakland were the loudest in the nation-then Warriors owners chose to ditch the fans for a location that is expensive and harder to get to,” she tweeted. “We didn’t abandon you Klay—owners abandoned us.”

As the Warriors were making their announcement about the new center, half a mile away on Al Attles Court in Oakland’s Chinatown, school children who were playing basketball said they were happy that there would be a new community center, but it’s not the same as having their heroes so close.

“It’s kind of sad they’re moving to SF,” said Genevieve Saechow.

Her friend, Ethan Chao agreed: “Once they leave, I don’t know. I won’t really feel like they’re part of Oakland anymore.”

Curry admitted, it will be a big change for Oakland.

“I mean, there’s no substitute for playing the actual games in Oakland,” Curry said. “But in terms of what they can look forward to in being a part of the organization, a lot of good is going to come out of this building.”

Generation Thrive is scheduled to open in early 2020. It will also have a satellite office in San Francisco.

Steve Kerr Tries To Brush Off Comment About Draymond Green

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The post-season can’t get here soon enough for the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Just days after a 122-105 dismantling of the Western Conference second place Denver Nuggets, the Warriors played lackluster and at times disinterested in a 115-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

After the game, Golden State star Klay Thompson chided Warriors fans for being less than enthusiastic in showing their support to rally the team. Meanwhile, head coach Steve Kerr was caught on camera mouthing a comment to assistant coach Mike Brown that had lip-readers buzzing about on social media.

On Monday, Kerr addressed both while answering questions from reporters.

The first came during a time out in the fourth quarter. Kerr appeared to be venting his frustration with his star forward.

When asked about the comment on Monday, Kerr said “no comment” to a query about talking with Green after the game and then tried to defuse any smoldering issues among the team by joking about it.

“The lip readers were wrong,” the Warriors coach said with a wry smile. “What I said was ‘I beg to differ with Draymond’s approach tonight.’ Those were my exact words. I don’t know how somebody misconstrued that.”

Kerr said the social media uproar was an indicator of life in 2019.

“It’s 2019,” he said. “George Orwell was right. He just had the year wrong. He wrote 1984. I think the title should have been like 2012 or so. It’s modern life. Everything is recorded. Everything is filmed. I’ve decided I’m now going to get a giant laminated board with all my play calls and I’m going to turn into a NFL coach from here on end.”

But Kerr admits the team is frustrated with its inconsistency on the court.

“We are frustrated, frustrated with our play, with ourselves, with our approach,” he said of the collective mood of the team. “We all feel it.”

“The Denver game was a better of indicator of what we are capable of,” he continued. “Then to so quickly get off track one game later, that’s very frustrating. It’s something we got to correct. We’ve got to build some momentum.”

As to Thompson’s comments about the fans lackluster support, Kerr said the fans have “no obligation” to cheer.

“It’s on the team to make it interesting and compelling,” he said. “I think we’ve done a good job with that here…Let’s put a better effort out there on the floor and give our fans something to cheer for.”

Warriors Lose To Suns For The First Time Since 2014, 115-111

OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — The Golden State Warriors lost to the Phoenix Suns 115-111 on Sunday evening, snapping the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent (18 games). The Suns hadn’t beat the Warriors since Nov. 9, 2014.

This was the Suns’ first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season.

Klay Thompson’s two free throws with 1:04 to go made it 111-108. Andre Iguodala secured a rebound after two missed Suns shots but Stephen Curry missed on a 3 with 23 seconds left. Booker then converted two free throws.

Booker’s jumper with 5:01 to play put the Suns ahead, then he made it 102-98 on a 3-pointer at 4:45. Booker hit a fadeaway at the 4:04 mark then scored on a driving one-handed dunk after Phoenix pushed in transition after Curry’s turnover.

Kevin Durant had 25 points before leaving with a bruised right ankle midway through the fourth on a night his teammates struggled from near and far. The cold-shooting Warriors couldn’t overcome Booker’s late onslaught in losing to lowly Phoenix.

Booker was 13 for 23, made all nine of his free throws and also dished out 11 assists for the Suns in a back-to-back and their fourth win in five games.

Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson were a combined 16 of 42 — 8 of 30 on 3s after a 4-for-22 start — and the Warriors went 10 of 43 from beyond the arc.

Curry started 0 for 5 and missed his initial four 3-point tries before connecting from deep 4:35 before halftime and finished with 18 points on 6-of-20 shooting.

Thompson made his first four shots and appeared poised for another shooting gem to follow up his 39-point, nine 3-pointer performance in Friday’s 122-105 win against Denver. He still scored 28 points, going 10 of 22.

Kelly Oubre Jr. added 22 points with four 3s for the Suns, who held a 49-47 rebounding advantage.

Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov knew limiting turnovers would be a key to the Suns staying in the game. They committed just eight but had a three-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Portland.

The Suns played only 21 hours, 30 minutes later with the Daylight Saving Time change.

The Warriors jumped to a 12-3 lead, getting a pair of quick 3s and a baseline drive and dunk from Thompson before a Phoenix timeout at the 7:56 mark. But Golden State’s lead was just 57-56 at halftime.

Draymond Green contributed 11 rebounds and eight assists. Thompson played his 600th career regular-season game — the 11th player in Warriors history to do so. His 102 postseason games are most ever for any Golden State player. He also had six of his team’s 16 turnovers.


On Monday, the Warriors will announce their plans for continuing to utilize the current practice facility in downtown Oakland at team headquarters after the franchise moves its operation across the bay to San Francisco before next season.

Part of it will include expanded opportunities and activities for youth basketball camps and further community outreach.

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Oakland Tech Senior Awarded 1st Curry Foundation Scholarship for Female Students

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An Oakland Technical High School senior is the inaugural recipient of a $30,000 scholarship awarded by The Stephen & Ayesha Curry Family Foundation to college-bound female students from the Bay Area.

Riley Morrison, Stephen Curry and Vivian Wu

Riley Morrison, Stephen Curry and Vivian Wu. (SC30 Inc via Twitter)

The scholarship, which was awarded to Vivian Wu before Friday night’s Golden State Warriors basketball game, was inspired by 9-year-old Riley Morrison, who wrote the Warriors star a letter in November asking why his namesake Under Armour shoes weren’t available for girls on the Under Armour website.

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Curry responded to Riley’s inquiry vowing to address the issue and has since partnered with her on a new sneaker in which Riley designed the sock liner featuring two girls playing basketball.

The UA ICON Curry 6 United We Win colorway was released Friday to mark International Women’s Day. Riley’s sock liner design includes the phrases “Be Fearless,” “Girl Power,” “Be the Change,” “Girls Hoop Too” and “Rock the Currys.”

Proceeds from sales of the shoe will fund the annual scholarship to a student “who has shown an aptitude for overcoming adversity, catalyzing change within her community and demonstrating excellence in a STEM-related field of study.”

Wu has a 4.2 grade point average and has completed 300-plus hours of community service as an advocate for marginalized communities, including survivors of domestic violence, the foundation said on Twitter.

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