The Golden State Warriors were in desperate need of a win against the Rockets on Saturday, and the squad delivered. Thanks to a 24-0 run in the third quarter, led by superstar guard Stephen Curry, the Warriors won easily, 113-87.
But Curry, who scored 30 points on the night, including 23 in the third period, wasn’t the only Warrior on a roll. Reserve Juan Toscano-Anderson set career highs in both blocked shots and steals, providing the gritty floor-work he’s known for.
The Oakland native had five blocks and four steals on he evening. With the Warriors playing with a short bench due to injuries, Toscano-Anderson played 35 minutes and was a steady presence on both sides of the court. He took just four field goals and hit two, finishing with six points, six rebounds and four assists.
As the Warriors continue to try and make the best of the current campaign while looking forward to next season, Toscano-Anderson is part of the glue holding that plan together. Golden State figures to sign him to a longer-term deal soon; he’s still on a two-way contract that’s not guaranteed for next season.
But he’s made it clear he can help the Warriors reach to top of the mountain again. Every championship-caliber team needs role players such as Toscano-Anderson, and he proved once again he’s up to the task during Saturday’s key win for Golden State.
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