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Warriors’ Jordan Poole on his clutch, circus layup over Jeff Green putting Nuggets on the brink

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In Game 3, Jordan Poole became the 16th player to score at least 25 points in their first three career NBA Playoff games. He’s only the second Warriors player to do it. The late great Wilt Chamberlain is the other player who did this in 1960. So far, Poole has scored 86 points in the playoffs, but none of them were as big as the two points he made in clutch time on Thursday against the Denver Nuggets.

Stephen Curry found Poole wide open in the corner, but Poole didn’t take the three-point shot. Instead, he took the ball straight to the basket and made an acrobatic layup over Denver’s Jeff Green.

“I saw an open lane, so I went to the basket,” Poole told ClutchPoints. “Jeff Green came over to contest. Obviously, he’s a very big body down in the paint area. I felt like I had enough lane to go get a layup. He made the play by coming up and going up, and I had to find a way to make the shot.”

His basket came at a crucial point in the game. The Warriors had a one-point lead with a little over 2 minutes left in the game. These two points took the life out of the Nuggets, and Poole’s heroics down the stretch helped put them away for good.

*Click here to hear more about this game on the Warriors’ Multiverse podcast*

The Warriors took a 3-0 lead on Denver, and now have a chance to finish them off with a sweep. It will be the first time the Warriors won a playoff series since 2019.