Golden State Warriors' Jordan Poole Lights up Los Angeles Clippers in Win

The Golden State Warriors are trying to survive the absence of their superstar Stephen Curry, which means leaning harder on their young guard Jordan Poole. The 23-year-old came through for his team in Thursday night's 115-91 dismantling of the Los Angeles Clippers, compiling 34 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Poole hit a modest nine of his 20 field goal attempts and five of 12 from three, but he consistently got to the line, sinking 11 of his 12 free throws. He was particularly impressive in a ridiculous 42-16 third quarter for the Warriors, tallying 22 points on five of nine field goal attempts while nailing all eight of his free throws.

Poole has been somewhat disappointing following an eventful offseason. He was the victim of a shocking in-practice punch from teammate Draymond Green, and he earned a four-year, $123 extension in October. His 21.0 points per game this season are a career-high, but his .568 true shooting percentage is his lowest since his rookie season. Given the Warriors' title defense aspirations, his regression at such a young age is an ominous sign.

Still, The Warriors are 33-30 and fifth in the Western Conference. They also have reinforcements coming: Stephen Curry is expected to make his return in the near future. Despite all their problems, the Warriors' championship pedigree will make them a tough out for any team.

The Warriors host the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night in the second game of a back-to-back. 

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