Jeremy Lin, Jordan Poole lead Santa Cruz Warriors’ comeback win over Mad Ants

Peninsula Premier Admin

Less than 24 hours after the Golden State Warriors completed a 19-point comeback in an overtime win over the Miami Heat at Chase Center, their G League affiliate in the Walt Disney World bubble earned a comeback win of their own.

Capped off by Jeremy Lin’s 3-pointer in the final moments, the Santa Cruz Warriors battled back from a 20-point hole to earn a 113-109 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants Thursday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

With 1:48 to go in the third quarter, Lin’s layup cut the deficit to single digits and Jordan Poole’s floater tied the game midway through the fourth quarter. Isaiah Reese’s free throw gave the Warriors their first lead of the game with 5:40 to go.

Lin, who did not play in Wednesday’s loss to the Canton Charge because of back soreness, finished with 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 34 minutes off the bench, including the dagger 3-pointer and free throws in the final 1:34.

Poole paced the SeaDubs with 37 points on 12-for-21 shooting.

This was an impressive win for the Warriors (3-3) and an even more impressive performance by Poole, the second-year guard on G League assignment from Golden State. Poole is averaging 25.3 points in six games in the bubble.

As for Golden State’s other G League assignments, rookie point guard Nico Mannion finished with five points on 2-for-6 shooting, four rebounds, three assists and was a team-low minus-24. Alen Smailagic, playing in just his second game this season, had eight points, four rebounds and five turnovers in 12 minutes.

Next, the Warriors will face the Salt Lake City Stars on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Contributed by local news sources

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