San Francisco – Jordan Poole returned to Chase Center for the first time this season, and was welcomed with open arms. Poole was honored during introductions on the Jumbptron featuring his greatest highlights as a Warrior. An emotional Poole smiled big while the crowd gave him a standing ovation. During pregame warmups Poole shared hugs and handshakes with his former teammates, coaches, and staff.
At tip-off, it was back to work. Golden State took flight to defeat the Washington Wizards 129-118. They extend their season-long home winning streak to seven games and recorded their fourth straight win. The team chemistry continues to improve. The Warriors tallied a season-high 43 defensive rebounds (three times).
Tracye-Jackson-Davis posted his second consecutive double-double (second career), scoring 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Jackson-Davis joins Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren as the only rookies this season to record a double-double in two straight games. He improves per game and is making a huge impact with the second unit.
“Trayce gives you a little something different and it’s a nice change of speed,” said Stephen Curry. “I think his confidence when he goes out there, he’s just playing hard, and I love when young guys do that. That’s what they can control and it’s turning into impact. It’s a great advantage that he has and he’s using it.”
Curry’s new three-point streak continues, he had only 3 points in the first, by halftime Curry had 17 points. He finished the night with 30 points and sank a season-high eight 3-point baskets (prev. seven, five times). Curry recorded his 13th outing of 30-plus points this season (Warriors are 10-3 in those games). He sat the entire fourth quarter for the first time this season.
Jonathan Kuminga recorded his third game of the season with 20-plus points and has scored in double figures in nine of the last 10 games. He tallied a season-high tying three assists and is the first Warrior this season to score at least 20 points on 80%-or-higher shooting from the field (22 points and 81.8 field goal shooting percentage tonight).
“Just growth. Part of the growth,” Kuminga said on his development game by game. “I won’t say I got it all together, or situated. Just so far, just growing as a basketball player, and trying to figure out to help the team win. That’s it.”
Thompson scored 20-plus points in six of his last seven games, including the last five consecutively, and is averaging 22.1 points per game on 43.8% from 3-point range over that span. The ball movement has been exceptional for Golden State, they improved to 7-2 hen dishing out 30-or-more assists.
Up Next: The Warriors host the Trail Blazers tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. PST.
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