Golden State Warriors of America veteran, Andre Iguodala could not make hay at the net but settled for seven assists that guided his side to victory in USA’s National Basketball Association (NBA) league.
On a night Iguodala pushed aside personal gain to add value on a collective level for the squad, The Warriors’ coach, Steve Kerr made a point to tell Klay Thompson he played his best game yet since returning in January.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Thompson is already romping, after recovering from a two-and-half-year absence due to surgeries on his left knee and right Achilles, while Jordan Poole keeps doing his part to provide a spark.
Poole added 19 points and a career-high 11 assists on a festive night at Chase Center, where huge Golden State fan and K-pop star, BamBam gave a spirited halftime performance in The Warriors’ final regular-season home game.
Poole excels when The Warriors are without Thompson or Stephen Curry, who is also out injured, while veterans like Iguodala are given time to recuperate, as he will get one of the weekend back-to-back games off to rest.
Heading into his hiatus, Iguodala had seven assists, as The Warriors finished with 39, going on to 31-10 at home, on a night they sold out their 418th straight game with a capacity crowd of 18,064.
The Lakers hit eight of its initial 12 shots and had 11 trips to the free-throw line by the 5:07 mark of the first quarter — shooting 38 free throws in all to 10 by The Warriors.
Tim Hardaway was honored before the start of the second quarter for his election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame — announced by his fellow Run TMC mates and Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond.
Talen Horton-Tucker scored a career-high 40 points on 15-for-28 shooting to lead a Lakers team missing LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook.
Malik Monk contributed 24 points as Los Angeles lost its eighth consecutive game, while Andrew Wiggins added 17 points in The Warriors’ final tune-up in Bay Area.
That sets the stage for them in holding home-court advantage to start the play-offs next weekend, even as pundits noted that the previous three meetings between the rivals had been decided by seven or fewer points.
Thompson scored 33 points with six 3-pointers and Golden State won their third straight game, after dropping four in a row, running away late from the depleted squad of Los Angeles Lakers for a 128-112 win on Thursday night.
Kerr spoke glowingly about Thompson’s 22 shots, saying he liked all but two of them and added: “I thought it was Klay’s best game.
“I know he’s scored more but just in terms of the shot selection, he just had his feet on the ground underneath him, his balance was great, his decision-making was really good. So a lot of good things happening.
“Jordan’s been amazing. He’s had a fantastic season. He’s filled in for both Klay and Steph when they’ve been injured. He’s done anything we’ve asked him to do.
“We’re going to try to win all three games. We’re just going into this thinking, let’s build momentum.
“If we could capitalize on these last two wins and go into next week on a winning streak, I think that would serve us really well.
“But whatever happens with the seeding happens, and we’ll just play whoever we will play.”
Poole, who continues to show his growth by supporting veterans like Iguodala and making the extra pass to create shots for colleagues, interjected: “It just feels really good.
“Putting my teammates in really easy situations to score the ball. Especially getting guys going early in case the game gets close at the end, they’ve got a rhythm and they’re a bit comfortable.”