Draymond Green

Why Draymond believes Warriors have ‘unlimited potential'

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The Warriors' recent hot streak has been fueled by significant contributions from their younger players

That trend continued in Golden State's first game out of the All-Star break as the Warriors registered a 128-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at Chase Center.

Following the win -- the Warriors sixth in their last seven games -- forward Draymond Green heaped praise on the play of the young core playing a major role in Golden State's midseason resurgence during an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Zena Keita.

"I think we're on a great trajectory," Green said. "You always hope that the young guys take a step in the right direction, and as we can see, Jonathan Kuminga [Brandin Podziemski], Moses [Moody], Trayce [Jackson-Davis].

"Those young guys, they've unlocked this team. So, I think the possibilities are endless, I think this team has an unlimited amount of potential, and we're trending in the right direction at the right time."

On his 24th birthday, Jackson-Davis provided a major spark off the bench, logging 17 points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.

Kuminga scored 12 points -- his 34th consecutive game scoring double-digits, putting his high-flying athleticism on full display with an emphatic dunk in the fourth quarter.

Podziemski was 3 for 12 from the field, but found other ways to impact the game, recording a team-high nine rebounds.

Thursday's win improved the Warriors to 28-26 in the 2023-24 NBA season, giving them a 3.5 game lead over the Utah Jazz for the Western Conference's No. 10 seed -- the final spot in the Play-In Tournament.

It also brought the Warriors within half a game of the Lakers for the No. 9 seed, with Golden State having three games in hand on Los Angeles.

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