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Jordan Poole erupts for 36 points in Warriors’ blowout win over Spurs

By Madeline Kenney

SAN FRANCISCO — Jordan Poole said he approached Monday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs just as he did the last 12.

But there seemed to be an extra fire in Poole Monday night as he torched the San Antonio Spurs, dropping a team-high 36 points in the Warriors’ 132-95 rout.

Poole started in place of Klay Thompson, who sat out the second night of the back-to-back for injury management. And right for the start, the uber-confident Poole was aggressive and playing with authority.

Poole, on the night when 10,000 fans received “Poole Party” bobbleheads at the door, scored six of the Warriors’ first nine points. He finished with 13 in his first 9 ½ minutes on the court and dropped 19 in the first half.

“Just being aggressive, playing my game,” Poole said his mindset heading into his third start this season. “We needed to come out and get a win today.”

Poole has been long overdue for a night like Monday. He had been in a funk lately as opponents have loaded up some of their best defenders on him this season. Poole was shooting just 35.2% from the field and 30.8% from deep in the last six games, during which he’s been caught overdribbling and trying to force things offensively.

On Monday, Poole let his game flow more naturally and looked more relaxed. He had been turnover-prone through the first month, turning the ball over more than three times per game. But he had zero against the Spurs. Poole also had three steals and two assists in 29 minutes.

It helps, of course, that he was able to play off the ball more and was alongside Stephen Curry, who’s gravitational pull on the court drew pressure off the 23-year-old guard.

“The game is easier for him” as a starter, coach Steve Kerr said of Poole.

Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole #3 passes s he’s guarded by San Antonio Spurs’ Doug McDermott #17 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

But don’t expect Poole to jump Thompson in the starting lineup anytime soon.

In fact, that’s not even a thought that’s crossed Kerr’s mind.

Even with Thompson fighting through an early-season slump, the Warriors’ starting five with him, Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney remains one of the best five-man lineups in the league.

Instead, Kerr needs to find combinations that can help get Poole going off the bench. Having Donte DiVincenzo back in the rotation after he missed eight games with a hamstring injury allows Poole to play off the ball more. But there’s another veteran on the Warriors’ young bench that Kerr believes could be key for the second unit, and that’s JaMychal Green.

“I need to play him, I didn’t do him any favors at all obviously the last three or four games of not playing him at all but I don’t feel I’ve put JaMychal in a good position to succeed in the early going,” Kerr said.

Green joined Moses Moody in being the first two guys off the bench against the Spurs after they had been DNPs (coach’s decision) in the last three games. Kerr believes Green and Poole could complement each other nicely.

“He was much more comfortable playing the five instead of the four,” Kerr said. “He was excellent. He’s a vet, he’s a pro, he knows what he’s doing, he’s gotta be part of the rotation for sure.”

San Antonio Spurs' Isaiah Roby #18 shoots a layup past Golden State Warriors' James Wiseman #33 in the fourth quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
San Antonio Spurs’ Isaiah Roby #18 shoots a layup past Golden State Warriors’ James Wiseman #33 in the fourth quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Other notable contributions off the bench include two-way forward Anthony Lamb, who had 17 points off seven shots, four rebounds and four assists, and Jonathan Kuminga, who added 15 points, including three 3-pointers, three rebounds and two assists.

Another benefit to Poole’s takeover was that it kind of gave Curry the night off. The superstar, who had previously led the team in scoring in every game he’s played this season, finished with 16 points in a season-low 27 minutes.

Kerr is hoping the impact Poole had on the game against the Spurs will carry over to when he’s leading the second unit. His next opportunity will come Wednesday when the Warriors (6-8) hit the road to play the Phoenix Suns. Golden State is still searching for its first road win of the season after losing seven straight games away from Chase Center.

“We’re looking at this from a big picture standpoint, this was a good night for us, [Sunday night against the Kings] wasn’t and there will probably be plenty more ups and downs as we go,” Kerr said. “But as long as we’re trending in the right direction and correcting mistakes then I’ll be pleased and we can continue to get better.”

Golden State Warriors' Jordan Poole #3 shoots a layup past San Antonio Spurs' Jeremy Sochan #10 in the first quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole #3 shoots a layup past San Antonio Spurs’ Jeremy Sochan #10 in the first quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Jordan Poole #3 is congratulated by Andrew Wiggins #22 as he comes out In the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole #3 is congratulated by Andrew Wiggins #22 as he comes out In the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry #30 brings the ball downcourt as he's guarded by San Antonio Spurs' Keldon Johnson #3 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry #30 brings the ball downcourt as he’s guarded by San Antonio Spurs’ Keldon Johnson #3 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green #23 scores a layup past San Antonio Spurs' Jeremy Sochan #10 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green #23 scores a layup past San Antonio Spurs’ Jeremy Sochan #10 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Jonathan Kuminga #00 shoots past San Antonio Spurs' Doug McDermott #17 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga #00 shoots past San Antonio Spurs’ Doug McDermott #17 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight end George Kittle and fullback Kyle Juszczyk, from left, sit courtside during the Golden State Warriors NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight end George Kittle and fullback Kyle Juszczyk, from left, sit courtside during the Golden State Warriors NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Donte DiVincenzo #0 is guarded by San Antonio Spurs' Isaiah Roby #18 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Donte DiVincenzo #0 is guarded by San Antonio Spurs’ Isaiah Roby #18 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green #23 shoots a layup past San Antonio Spurs' Charles Bassey #28 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green #23 shoots a layup past San Antonio Spurs’ Charles Bassey #28 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry #30 heads to the bench in the second quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry #30 heads to the bench in the second quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Moses Moody #4 shoots a layup past San Antonio Spurs' Isaiah Roby #18 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Moses Moody #4 shoots a layup past San Antonio Spurs’ Isaiah Roby #18 in the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green #23 and San Antonio Spurs' Charles Bassey #28 battle for the ball In the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green #23 and San Antonio Spurs’ Charles Bassey #28 battle for the ball In the second quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sits courtside in the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sits courtside in the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Andrew Wiggins #22 and San Antonio Spurs' Keldon Johnson #3 battle for the ball in the third quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins #22 and San Antonio Spurs’ Keldon Johnson #3 battle for the ball in the third quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Moses Moody #4 celebrates a dunk with James Wiseman #33In the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Moses Moody #4 celebrates a dunk with James Wiseman #33In the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Jonathan Kuminga #00 is guarded by San Antonio Spurs' Doug McDermott #17 in the third quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga #00 is guarded by San Antonio Spurs’ Doug McDermott #17 in the third quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson #11 and Andrew Wiggins #22 sit on the bench In the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson #11 and Andrew Wiggins #22 sit on the bench In the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
San Antonio Spurs' Isaiah Roby #18 shoots a layup past Golden State Warriors' James Wiseman #33 in the fourth quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
San Antonio Spurs’ Isaiah Roby #18 shoots a layup past Golden State Warriors’ James Wiseman #33 in the fourth quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Anthony Lamb #40 celebrates after making a basket in the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Anthony Lamb #40 celebrates after making a basket in the third quarter of their NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Ryan Rollins #2 and Anthony Lamb #40 battle for a loose ball with San Antonio Spurs' Jeremy Sochan #10 in the fourth quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Ryan Rollins #2 and Anthony Lamb #40 battle for a loose ball with San Antonio Spurs’ Jeremy Sochan #10 in the fourth quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors' Ryan Rollins #2 and San Antonio Spurs' Charles Bassey #28 battle for a rebound in the fourth quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors’ Ryan Rollins #2 and San Antonio Spurs’ Charles Bassey #28 battle for a rebound in the fourth quarter of their NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, left, and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich joke around after the Warriors 132-95 NBA win at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, left, and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich joke around after the Warriors 132-95 NBA win at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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