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Jordan Poole has 26 points, Warriors rally past Jazz

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Just weeks ago, the Golden State Warriors might not have pulled off a win like this without their superstars on the court.

The backups are making big strides for the defending champions.

Jordan Poole scored 26 points and converted a key layup with 1:27 left and the undermanned Warriors rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 112-107 yesterday.

Ty Jerome hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 5:18 to play after his own steal, then made a key rebound to help set up Donte DiVincenzo’s three the next time down as Golden State got another big performance from the reserves.

“I think the stage we’re at as a team right now, coach said after the game that was just straight grit,” Jerome said.

Rookie Patrick Baldwin Jr contributed 11 points with three 3s in 13 minutes off the bench after practicing earlier in the day with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors then arrived about an hour before tip-off. He ate two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the way.

“I thought Patrick changed the game when he stepped out there and knocked down those 3s,” coach Steve Kerr said.

Golden State Warriors Jordan Poole shoots against Utah Jazz Jordan Clarkson. PHOTO: AP

Baldwin got called up given DiVincenzo had been questionable with right knee soreness while Draymond Green has been nursing a tender right foot.

DiVincenzo scored 19 points and Jerome 17 with the Warriors completing a back-to-back minus starters Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. Poole tied it at 94 on a three with 11:03 left. Lauri Markkanen scored 29 points and had seven three-pointers and a season-best 16 rebounds for the Jazz. Jordan Clarkson’s three with 1:37 left made it a one-point game before Poole delivered moments later.

Markkanen found his early shooting stroke from long range and also scored with driving layups, making 10 of 22 shots. Clarkson added 22 points, while Mike Conley had 10 assists.

Kelly Olynyk returned from a four-game absence with a sprained left ankle to get nine points and six rebounds in 26 minutes for Utah, which squandered a second-half lead for the second straight game. The Jazz were up 121-110 in the waning minutes of a 126-122 loss at San Antonio on Tuesday.

Green wound up with six points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks for the Warriors, who at 15-2 have the league’s best home record and are just trying to establish that same consistency away from Chase Center.