Jonas Jerebko consolidated his place in the Golden State Warriors by scoring a tip that he won against the Utah Jazz team on Friday, coach Steve Kerr said.
The 31-year-old striker, who signed a one-year deal with Golden State in the offseason, delayed a failed Kevin Durant shot and time expired to lead his team to a 124-123 victory at Vivint. Smart Home Arena.
Kerr believes that the winning game of Jerebko consolidated him as one of the Warriors.
"That's the time he's one of us," Kerr said. "Every time you're a new guy with a team, you try to make your mark, you do it in practice by going hard, you do it with your work ethic.
" But as soon as you get to a game winner, you practically solidifies [your place]. "
The Warriors lost 16 points with five minutes and 36 seconds to play in the third quarter, but returned for the victory after 38 points from Durant and 31 from Stephen Curry.
incredible, "Durant said of Jerebko's suggestion." I'm happy for Jonas. I know he wanted to come here and impose his will on the team … I'm happy for him for being able to have that moment. "
Jerebko, who averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 74 games for the Jazz last season, I was pleased to have beaten one of his previous team.
"I had a great time here," Jerebko said, "it felt really good."
The Jazz shot 41.3 percent from the three-point range and scored 81 points in the first half in the loss.