CLEVELAND — Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was irate with Jordan Poole after Poole obtained referred to as for a delay of recreation — the group’s second — with seven seconds to go within the third quarter of their eventual 120-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night time.
“Jordan!” Kerr yelled. “Come on, lock in … lock the f— in; we’re making an attempt to win this recreation.”
Just 24 hours faraway from a gut-wrenching loss in Boston, the Warriors wanted this win. Cleveland was closing in, and Golden State, after as soon as main by as a lot as 20, wanted to do what it did not do in opposition to the Celtics: shut the door.
“It was a studying expertise yesterday,” Poole mentioned. “It was one thing that we had been very conscious of. It form of was a really related state of affairs, being up with six minutes left after which it grew to become a detailed recreation. We knew we would have liked to lock down, get some stops and make a superb run . We wanted to shut it out and we did. Now we’ve to construct on it.”
The Warriors had been with out 4 of their 5 starters, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins sidelined with numerous harm administration.
Yes, the Cavs had been with out Donovan Mitchell — out with a left groin pressure — however Cleveland nonetheless has the second-best defensive ranking within the league (109.7). Against a Warriors group that has been streaky on each ends of the ball — particularly with out Curry — it was a frightening process.
But the Warriors put collectively one of their most spectacular performances of the season.
Poole, who has changed Kevon Looney within the common beginning lineup in the meanwhile, opened the sport with three consecutive 3-pointers. He ended the night time with 32 factors on 10-of-23 taking pictures, together with 5-of-12 from 3.
He surpassed 500 profession 3-pointers made, changing into the third-fastest participant to hit that benchmark in Warriors historical past, trailing solely Curry and Thompson. At 23 years previous, he is the youngest participant to hit 500 3s. Poole is the third participant in franchise historical past to file 20 profession 30-point video games at age 23 or youthful, becoming a member of Rick Barry and Wilt Chamberlain.
“He’s persevering with to develop and he is persevering with to get higher,” Kerr mentioned. “In the final two video games, he was implausible … To play that approach tonight with out Steph and Klay and Wiggs and Dray, to give us that scoring and that pressure, he made so many performs on the market. He set the tone .. . He’s getting higher and higher. There continues to be to date to go, which is thrilling.”
As a group, the Warriors hit 23 3-pointers in opposition to the Cavs, essentially the most they’ve ever had in a recreation with out Curry.
“You play 82 video games, you are solely going to have a couple of of these (3-point taking pictures nights). We knew we had been going to have to have one to win,” Kerr mentioned.
“Everybody on our group is assured,” Poole mentioned. “And shout-out to Coach Kerr for permitting us to play with that confidence. We know what we’re succesful of. We had been spacing the ground and getting attractiveness. We obtained laser-focused.”
The largest 3-pointer of the night time got here from two-way guard Ty Jerome. With 1:39 left within the fourth and the Warriors up simply 4, Jerome swung the ball to Looney, who instantly regarded again at Jerome and returned the ball. Jerome took one dribble, shuffled to his proper and launched the shot over Darius Garland with 4 seconds left on the shot clock.
In Jerome’s eyes, essentially the most eye-catching stat from the night time was how evenly distributed the Warriors’ scoring was. Without its core, Golden State had six gamers end with double-digit scoring.
Jerome scored 22, whereas Donte DiVincenzo added 17, JaMychal Green had 13, Anthony Lamb scored 12 and Jonathan Kuminga had 10.
This was Green’s first recreation again since Dec. 20 after recovering from COVID-19 and a subsequent leg an infection. It was additionally Kuminga’s first recreation again from a proper sprained foot that saved him out since Jan. 2.
The Warriors’ win in Cleveland was the finale on their five-game street journey that noticed them go 3-2. Considering Golden State is 6-18 on the street this season, the Warriors see this East Coast journey as an indication of development.
Now, returning dwelling with a a lot more healthy roster than after they left, they hope that is after they can start to construct themselves up to have a powerful stretch heading into the All-Star break, and a superb second half to the season total.
“We’ve obtained to win video games on the street, and we did it this journey,” Poole mentioned. “Now we get to go dwelling … and take a look at to play off the momentum we had tonight.”