Warriors guard Jordan Poole’s scorching-hot Christmas Day performance ended early when he was surprisingly ejected in the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center.
Poole, who still had a team-high 32 points, picked up his second technical and was sent to the locker room with 9:20 left in the game.
Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. made a 3-pointer, and Poole appeared to say something in the direction of one of the referees, who quickly assessed a technical foul. On the Warriors’ previous possession, Poole was looking for a foul call on a drive to the basket.
The ejection was the first of Poole’s career, and now gives him eight technical fouls this season.
The Warriors as a team were assessed six technical fouls in the game, including one each on Draymond Green, Steve Kerr, Jonathan Kuminga and Klay Thompson.
Poole made 11 of his 25 shots, including 3 of 10 from 3-point range, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and finished the game plus-six.
Poole has scored at least 26 points in four of the five games in which he has played since Steph Curry suffered a left shoulder subluxation on Dec. 14.