Poole scores career-high 43, Warriors first win without Curry
TORONTO (AP) – Jordan Poole has scored a career-high 43, Klay Thompson has 17 and the Golden State Warriors won for the first time in five attempts this season without an injured Stephen Curry. , beat the Toronto Raptors 126-110 on Sunday night .
Draymond Green bounced back from Friday’s loss to Philadelphia with right quadriceps pain and finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes as Golden State clinched a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-14 on the road. .
“People need to step up when one of our leaders falls,” Poole said. “We did it tonight from start to finish.”
Kevon Looney added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, whose final road win came on November 27 in Minnesota.
“It just shows how good we can be,” Looney said of the win without Curry. “It’s going to be difficult to win without one of the best players in the league. He will be out for a while so we have to get used to trying to win without him. Hopefully we are in a good position when he comes back.”
Curry missed a second game in a row after injuring his left shoulder in a loss to Indiana last Wednesday. The two-time and eight-time MVP is the almighty star who is not expected to need surgery, but the date of his return is still unclear.
Poole shot 14 to 23, the highest shooting record of his career, and shot 5 to 11 from 3 points.
Green said: “He was fantastic on both sides of the ball.
Poole tops with 30 points for the fifth time this season and the 16th of his career. His previous career high was 38.
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“He played a lot of great games for us,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “If it’s not the best, it’s certainly one of the best, because he’s been excellent on both sides.”
Pascal Siakam scored 27 points, Fred VanVleet had 22 and Scottie Barnes 17 as Toronto’s losing streak hit its highest five-game streak of the season. The Raptors have lost three games in a row at home.
“This is a terrible time,” VanVleet said. “You don’t want this, you don’t expect this and you can’t accept this.”
Green scored his first nine points for Golden State thanks to a three-point trio, one more than he has scored in any complete game all season.
“It was a great start,” Kerr said. “Draymond felt good from the start.”
Golden State led 68-54 at halftime and led 102-80 in the fourth inning.
Warrior: Poole shoots 10 to 11 at the free-throw line. … JaMychal Green scored the highest of his season with 15 points.
Raptors: G Gary Trent Jr. (left quadriceps) sit for the second game in a row. F OG Anunoby (left hip) missed the fourth straight game. Before the match, coach Nick Nurse said it is likely that Anunoby will return this weekend. … Started 7 to 9 from the yard in the first quarter, but shot 1 to 11 the rest of the time. … Buffalo Bills recipient Stefon Diggs sat next to him.
Golden State led the league with a rate of 29.4 assists per game and recorded 11 assists on 13 field goals in the first quarter. The Warriors had more assists (18) in the first half than assists (17). They finished with 31 assists on 43 throws.
Warriors F Andrew Wiggins sat for a seventh straight game with a right nerve strain, missing another opportunity to play in his home country of Canada for the first time since January 30, 2018, when he was still in the competition. for Minnesota.
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME
Thompson and Green play in Toronto for the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Curry hasn’t played north of the border since that series.
Warrior: In New York on Tuesday night.
Raptors: In Philadelphia on Monday night.
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