Jordan Poole put on a show at the Chase Center to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 94-92.
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Poole was inserted into the starting lineup in place of Klay Thompson, who arrived late due to left knee soreness and did not disappoint, putting up 20 points, three rebounds and two assists on 7-for-13 shooting and 4-for-7 shooting from the line. of 3 points.
With four minutes remaining in the second quarter, he got the home crowd buzzing, hitting Jordan Clarkson with a deft in-and-out dribble, which sent the Jazz point guard to the floor before Poole coolly made the 3-pointer.
Jordan Poole dribbles in and out then drains the 3-pointer on NBA TV! 😮 pic.twitter.com/oZGoOkRy7Y
— NBA (@NBA) January 24, 2023
The Warriors’ bench went wild after Poole made the move, pretending to clean the floor while promoting the 22-year-old guard.
The bank cleaned the floor after JP dropped Clarkson 😅 pic.twitter.com/dWQMwWV6I3
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 24, 2023
Poole’s performance came at the right time, on a night in which Steph Curry struggled to get going, finishing with 13 points on 5-for-20 shooting and 1-for-13 from deep. Six Warriors in total finished in double figures on the night as they came back within 3.0 games of the No. 1 seed Phoenix Suns atop the Western Conference.
The Warriors held on for victory, despite scoring just 11 points in the fourth quarter, and they did it on the defensive end while limiting the Jazz to 17 points on 38.3 percent shooting. The Jazz had a chance to win it, with Bojan Bogdanovic missing a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and Royce O’Neale’s shot going over the buzzer.
“That’s how you have to win when you’re fighting a little bit,” Warriors head coach Kerr said after the game. “Really proud of the team.”
Golden State will look to post a three-game winning streak when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, January 25 on TNT.