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Jordan Poole's Dominance Without Steph Lionized by NBA Twitter as Warriors Beat Cavs

Erin WalshJanuary 21, 2023

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 20: Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors prepares to shoot a free throw during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 20, 2023 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The shorthanded Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-114 on Friday night at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse for just their sixth road victory of the season.

Golden State opted to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins on the second night of a back-to-back, but bench players Jordan Poole, Ty Jerome, Donte DiVincenzo, JaMychal Green and Jonathan Kuminga combined to lead the team to victory.

Poole was particularly impressive, finishing with 32 points, three rebounds and two assists in 41 minutes. He made 10-of-23 shots from the floor and 5-of-12 shots from beyond the arc.

Poole is the future at point guard in the post-Curry era, and NBA Twitter praised the 23-year-old for his performance in Curry's absence on Friday:

Brian Witt @Wittnessed

Jordan Poole is having one hell of a game

Jason Timpf @_JasonLT

I've been impressed by Jordan Poole's defense in this back to back. Sliding his feet and holding his ground with physicality.

sam esfandiari @samesfandiari

Aye Poole tho ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Jordan Poole is the 3rd-fastest player to 500 career 3-pointers in Warriors history. Only Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson reached the mark in fewer games played. <a href="https://t.co/FYRr2bOXik">pic.twitter.com/FYRr2bOXik</a>

Golden State of Mind @unstoppablebaby

Jordan Poole is so fun

Spencer Davies @SpinDavies

Jordan Poole's got the juice with his handles in iso.

warriorsworld @warriorsworld

Poole ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Jordan Poole just became the FASTEST Warrior to hit 500 threes ๐ŸŽฏ <a href="https://t.co/1x6LO136jT">pic.twitter.com/1x6LO136jT</a>

#KloppOut @potatopc19

Jordan poole show

อ๐›๐ข๐š ๐Ÿฆ‹ @fcbdonte

jordan poole ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Gautam Ratnam @GautamRatnamNBA

Jordan Poole growing up in front of our eyes. The defense has gotten much better these last few games

9ers got next @Bredstix_

jordan poole playing freely is the best thing ever

Hndrxxโšก๏ธ @tonihndrxx

Jordan Poole is a dog๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ

Poole is in the midst of his best season in the NBA. He entered Friday's game averaging 21.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 45 games while shooting 43.5 percent from the floor and 31.5 percent from deep.

That said, it's clear he still has a lot of work to do in his development before the franchise can rely on him fully in the absence of Curry, especially considering he made some simple mistakes in Friday's win.

The Warriors improved to 23-23 on the season with Friday's win. They still sit ninth in the Western Conference.