Against all odds, the Golden State Warriors are riding a winning streak. Who needs Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins when you have Jordan Poole, Ty Jerome and Patrick Baldwin Jr.?
The Dubs overcame a 12-point deficit to win their third game in a row on Wednesday night and beat the Utah Jazz 112-107.
Trailing by 10 points after the first quarter, it took them a while to get there.
The second quarter proved to be better, and a run by the reserves – including some good minutes from Baldwin – tied the game towards the end of the half. But the Jazz closed the second with a 5-0 run and took a 59-54 lead into the break.
The Dubs and Jazz went back and forth in the third quarter, but Golden State finally pulled through to start the fourth. Back-to-back threes by Baldwin and Poole tied the game, forcing Utah to call a timeout. A Draymond Green three gave the Warriors their first lead since early in the first quarter, and suddenly the Chase Center was rocking.
Then the attack flattened out. The Dubs went several minutes without scoring, before finding their offensive footing midway through the final frame. Three by T. Jerome and Donte DiVincenzo sparked a 10-0 run to give the Warriors a six-point lead.
It was tense from there, but the Warriors took care of business late. Jordan Poole took care of the ball and he and DiVincenzo scored crucial free kicks. They were busy on defense, and got help when normally sharpshooting Kelly Olynyk missed a pair at the line.
And this was enough for the third-straight victory, which gives Golden State the winning record after Curry went down with an injury.
Poole went 7-for-22 in the win but led by 26 points. DiVincenzo was electric on both ends of the court, finishing with 19 points on 5-for-11 shooting, and good defense. Jerome was impressive scoring 17 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. And Baldwin was no exception in his best game as a pro, posting 11 points, 4 rebounds and a career-high +13.
The Dubs moved to 18-18 on the year, and will look for their first four-game winning streak of the season when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.