Steph explains why he liked seeing Poole try to dunk on LeBron

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Jordan Poole showed even more growth Wednesday night in the Warriors' heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The second-year guard scored seven points (3-for-5 shooting) in the second quarter, which included two very nice finishes at the basket.

Poole midway through the fourth quarter blew past Wesley Matthews with a beautiful crossover and tried to dunk on LeBron James.

The 21-year-old then drilled a clutch go-ahead 3-pointer with less than four minutes remaining.

Unfortunately for Poole and the Warriors, he missed a corner 3-pointer that would have tied the game with 35 seconds remaining.

"I like the fact he took those shots," Steph Curry told the media. "I like the fact he tried LeBron at the rim. It shows that he's fearless in those moments, and that goes a long way for a young guy to be put in this position where you're playing [a lot of] minutes in a must-win atmosphere.

"Carry that to Friday [against the Memphis Grizzlies], carry that hopefully to a playoff round."

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The No. 28 overall pick from the 2019 draft averaged 21.8 points over the Warriors' final five regular-season games, while shooting 56.5 percent overall and 45 percent from deep.

Poole's development has been key for the present and future.

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