What We Learned When JP Drops Career Top 43 In Warriors Win Originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The fourth and fifth time is the charm. At least for the Warriors in what has been a wild up and down season through their first 31 games.
With their amazing 126-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena, the Warriors snapped their 0-3 road trip and came away with their first win where they lacked Steph Curry after dropping their first four named games. The focus is on Jordan Poole with Curry out for the foreseeable future, and Poole responded with a career night in Canada.
Poole recorded his first career 40-point game to finish with 43 as he continues to put his stride into December. After nine games, Poole now has an average of 26.7 points over nine games this month.
He wasn’t alone either. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green each scored 17 points, JaMychal Green gave Golden State 15 points, and Kevon Looney with 11 points and 11 rebounds recorded back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career.
The Warriors are now 15-16 on the season and 3-14 on the road. This was necessary and Poole showed why the Warriors handed him such a huge check in the off-season.
Here are three takeaways from a dominant Warriors victory.
Poole party, huh?
Two nights ago, in the Warriors’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Poole tallied 21 of his 29 points in the second half at Wells Fargo Center. Whatever powers he used in those last two quarters followed him across the border into Toronto.
Poole is focused on being more consistent, efficient and playing at a better pace. Check, check and check. That’s exactly what Poole did to break up the Raptors’ defense, using speed but staying in control, as well as getting into a rhythm from long range. The numbers don’t lie.
In all, Poole played 35 minutes and scored a career-high 43 points as he went 14-for-23 from the field, 5-for-11 on 3-pointers and 10-for-11 on free throws. Setting a new career-high of 39 points, Poole went 13-for-18 from the field, 5-for-8 from long range and had made eight of his nine free throw attempts.
At halftime, Poole already had 25 points, 8-for-12 from the field and 3-for-6 on 3-pointers. After three quarters, Poole’s point tally grew to 34, and his first shot of the fourth quarter brought his previous season high in points.
Not once was Poole rushed. The game came to him and rewarded him for playing the right way. He played the point guard spot perfectly and showed why he is a five level scorer.
Draymond for three… Bang!
Green came in on Sunday night and scored a total of three runs in his previous two games. He matched that score with his first shot attempt in Toronto. The three kept coming in the first quarter.
In the first three minutes of the game, Green hit a perfect 3-for-3 from deep, giving him his first game of making three or more 3-pointers since the 2020-21 season, when he did so on May 8, 2021 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. All season, he had made only three 3-pointers in the first quarter.
His 13 points in the first quarter were the season’s highest for any quarter, falling just five points off his career high for points in a quarter.
While also grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out five assists, Draymond’s 17 points were huge for the Warriors. He set the tone and Poole followed suit.
When the Warriors arrived in Toronto, Thompson wanted to remember the good times. His Instagram story was filled with pictures of him and Draymond at the 2016 All-Star Game, as well as his idol Kobe Bryant. Klay cherishes these moments after missing two-and-a-half seasons, and should have plenty of reasons to smile at this one.
Although he started slow, Thompson eventually put up 17 points. What was especially striking was that he was more than a goalscorer.
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Thompson went 6-for-14 from the field and 3-for-9 beyond the arc. Those are not numbers to settle for. However, he also added a season-high seven rebounds and four assists.
Klay needed a bounce back game to say the least. He did so and was not fazed by missing shots. It was a selfless night from the Splash Brothers as the Warriors all shared the love.
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