Steph Curry outduels former teammate Jordan Poole to help Warriors beat Wizards, 129-118

Steph Curry made a season-high eight 3 points and had 30 points and seven assists, outdueling Jordan Poole in the Washington guard’s return to Chase Center, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Wizards 129-118 on Friday night.

Poole, traded to the nation’s capital on draft day for Chris Paul, made the first basket of the game following a video tribute with highlights on the big screen and finished with 25 points on 7-for-21 shooting but just 3 of 12 on 3s.

Curry and Poole shared a hug before the game, when Poole made the rounds of embraces, hellos and greetings with former teammates, Warriors security, staff members and other friends.

Poole hit the first basket of the game on an 18-foot jumper then missed his next five attempts before a driving layup at the 9:39 mark of the second quarter. He went 0 of 5 from from deep before connecting.

Curry also overcame a slow start.

The two-time MVP began 1 for 6 but had five assists in the opening quarter. He warmed up and connected on three straight 3s in the second and 11 consecutive points overall. Curry thought he got fouled on a short jumper that ended that stretch and clapped asking for a call and was hit with a technical. It’s his second this season and 27th during his 15-year career.

Curry has scored 30 or more points in three of his last four games.

Jonathan Kuminga connected on his first six from the field and finished with 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting as Golden State won its eighth straight home game. Klay Thompson had 20 points with four 3s.

Corey Kispert scored 18 points off the bench and Daniel Gafford added 15 points as the Wizards wrapped up a four-game West Coast trip. They dropped to 3-15 on the road.

Rookie Brandin Podziemski returned to the lineup and had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Golden State after sitting out the second half against Boston on Tuesday night with lower back soreness.

But the Warriors without forward Andrew Wiggins because of an illness.

Another Golden State rookie, Trayce Jackson-Davis, shined again. He hit his first three shots and contributed 10 points and season-best 15 rebounds.


Wizards: Host Orlando on Tuesday night.

Warriors: Host Portland on Saturday night to complete the home-home back-to-back, having won the last four meetings in the series and six in a row at home.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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