The 4th and 5th time is not a charm. At least for the Warriors, it’s been a rocky season in his first 31 games.
In a big 126-110 win over the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena, the Warriors interrupted their 0-3 road trip to earn their first win without Stephen Curry after dropping the first four games. The focus turned to Jordan Poole, with Curry out for the foreseeable future, and Poole responded with a career night in Canada.
Poole recorded the first 40-point game of his career, finishing with 43, and continues to build momentum in December. Poole is averaging 26.7 points over nine games this month.
He wasn’t alone either. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green each scored 17 points, Jamaichal Green scored 15 points for Golden State, and Kevon Looney recorded career-first consecutive double-doubles with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Warriors are currently 15-16 on the season and 3-14 away. It was necessary, and Poole showed why the Warriors handed him such a huge check in the offseason.
Here are three takeaways from the Warriors’ dominant victory.
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In the Warriors’ road loss against the Philadelphia 76ers two days ago, Poole had 21 of 29 points in the second half at the Wells Fargo Center. Whatever force he harnessed in his final two quarters followed him across the border to Toronto.
Poole has focused on playing more consistently, efficiently and at a better pace. Check, check, check. That’s exactly what Poole did to pull off the Raptors’ defense, using speed but maintaining control and finding rhythm from long range.
Overall, Poole played 35 minutes, scoring a career-high 43 points, going 14-for-23 from the field, 5-for-11 on 3-pointers, and 10-for-11 on free throws. As he tallied his career-high 39 points, Poole was 18-for-13 on the field and 5-for-8 at long range, with eight of his nine free-throw attempts attempted. rice field.
At halftime, Poole had already scored 25 points, going 8-12 on field goals and 3-6 on 3-pointers. After the third quarter, the pool’s point total increased to 34, and the first shot of the fourth quarter tied the previous season’s highest points.
Pool never felt rushed. The game came to him and rewarded him for playing the right way.He perfected his guard position on points and showed why he is a 5th level scorer.
Draymond For Three… Bang!
Coming in on Sunday night, Green has scored a total of three points in his previous two games. He tied that mark with his first shot attempt in Toronto. A three followed in the first quarter.
In the first three minutes of the game, Green played impeccably 3-3 from the deep, making three or more 3-pointers for the first time since the 2020-21 season on 8 May 2021. Oklahoma City Thunder. All season, he only made his 3-pointer in the first quarter.
His 13 points in the first quarter was a season-high in any quarter and fell only five points from his career-high in points for the quarter.
He also had nine rebounds and five assists, but Draymond’s 17 points were huge for the Warriors. He set the tone and Poole followed his lead.
When the Warriors arrived in Toronto, Thompson wanted to reminisce about the good times. did. Clay cherishes these moments after missing his two-and-a-half seasons, and should have plenty of reason to smile at them.
After a slow start, Thompson finished with 17 points. What stood out most was that he was more than a scorer.
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Thompson went 14-for-6 from the field and 9-for-3 across the arc. Those aren’t numbers he settles for. But he also added a season-high seven rebounds and four assists.
Clay needed a bouncing game, to say the least. He did it and didn’t let a missed shot take him out of the game. It was an altruistic night for the Splash Brothers, as the Warriors all shared their love.
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