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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole show the Warriors can win with or without Steph Curry

SAN FRANCISCO — Even with Stephen Curry back and fully available Sunday, the Golden State Warriors proved they can win without their superstars.

Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and the rest of the Warriors’ supporting cast stole the show for the second consecutive game in a 119–104 win over the Toronto Raptors, which rarely narrowed close to double digits, despite their Superstars on the night. An unusually close was made in his return to court.

After missing Sunday with a hip pain, Curry returned to the starting lineup with Drummond Green but largely drifted aside and let Wiggins and Poole go to work.

After the two combined for 59 points on Friday in Detroit, they were even more efficient on their way to a 65 total Sunday. Poole led all scorers and set a season-high for the second straight game with 33 points on 10-in-13 shooting, including 8-of-11 beyond the arc, while Wiggins went with 12 buckets on 20 attempts. Aggressive as always. From the field and 6-of-8 deep. Poole’s 33 points secured the first consecutive 30-point performance of his career.

The Warriors were lethal from the deep, even in the off-night by the NBA’s most prolific 3-point shooter. He made 22 out of 45 attempts from outside the arc, while Curry shot only 1-of-6 from the deep and 2-of-10 overall. In addition to Poole and Wiggins, Otto Porter Jr added 15 points with five 3-pointers on nine attempts.

Curry contributed only 12 in the scoring column, but tied with Green for a team-high eight assists. Most of his points came on the foul line, while he went over the wall to shoot the ball in an off-night.

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Whether on the court or not, the Warriors are proving they don’t have to rely on Curry and Green to win games this season. Golden State went 2-7 in games that Curry didn’t play the previous season and 3-7 when he did, but scored 20 or less.

Thanks to Curry’s red-hot start to the season, Golden State doesn’t have many opportunities to show what it can do without her.

As the NBA’s leading scorer entering Sunday, Curry had only held 20 or fewer three times before his 12-point performance against the Raptors. Still, in the smaller sample size, the Warriors are now 4-0 when Curry is either kept in check or doesn’t suit.

Wiggins engages in his first four attempts off the field in a preview of things to come. He scored 11 straight points after Poole scored the Warriors’ first five runs in the game as Golden State took a 16–5 lead.

The Warriors led from start to finish for the second time this season.

Greene and Kevon Looney acted as vacuums in the paint. Before half of the third quarter ended, Looney had already rounded out enough rebounds in his last seven appearances to secure his fourth game with a double-digit board. Green finished with a team-high 14 boards to lead a 57-56 advantage over Glass.

The Golden State also received a surprise contribution from Chris Chioza, who was celebrating his 26th birthday on Sunday. As the first player off the bench in place of Gary Peyton II (out; sore), Chioza achieved a season-high with eight points at halftime and finished with 11 in 19 minutes.

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