Jordan Poole's half-court buzzer-beater jolted Warriors at perfect time


Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been praising Jordan Poole’s shot selection lately. Just look to Sunday for an example, as the third-year shooting guard needed just 13 field goal attempts to rack up 33 points.

But on Wednesday night, Poole’s “worst” shot may have ended up having the biggest impact. With 1.4 seconds left on the clock before halftime, Poole entered as an offensive sub for Juan Toscano-Anderson for an inbounds play near mid court. The Warriors only had a prayer, but might as well have Poole out there for it.

As the clock evaporated, Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green made a half-hearted attempt to guard Poole. Granted, he was nearly 50 feet away from the hoop on the other side of the halfcourt logo. No way that was going in, right? Wrong. Bank shot. Bucket. Poole held the follow through for good measure.

The buzzer beater cut the Warriors’ deficit down to single digits after it had swelled as large as 19 in the first half. Coach Steve Kerr said it changed the vibe of the game for the Warriors heading into the locker room, before they dominated the second half in a 116-96 victory Wednesday over the Sixers.

“That was a big play,” Kerr said. “They got the one at the end of the third [quarter], that was probably karma. We got one, they got one. Being down 19 and really not playing well in the whole first half, it felt really good to go in the half down nine. That was a great shot from Jordan. Steph [Curry] sets a great tone on that front. You always shoot that because you never know.”

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Turns out the Warriors actually practice those outrageous half-court shots. Poole and Curry even have a friendly competition going.

“He’s actually winning right now,” Curry said. “He’s winning. I gave him another win for that shot. He has the ability to make it and he has the unconscious confidence to knock it down. He’s made a couple before. Who cares what your percentage is, shoot the ball.”

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