Golden State Warriors' two-way guard goes off for 35 points in Santa Cruz loss

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Golden State Warriors' two-way guard Lester Quinones went off for 35 points at Toyoto Arena on Tuesday night, but it wasn't enough as Santa Cruz suffered their third loss in their last four G League outings.

Coming up against the West-leading Ontario Clippers, the Warriors would come to rue a disappointing second-quarter where they were outscored 37-23 in an otherwise closely fought contest.

Golden State Warriors' two-way players Lester Quinones and Jerome Robinson combined for 57 points in the 119-109 defeat to the Ontario Clippers.

Trying to overcome a double-digit half-time deficit, Quinones stepped up big with 24 points in the second-half to give him 35 for the game. The 23-year-old shot 13-28 from the floor but just 3-12 from three-point range, also adding eight rebounds and four assists.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, Quinones' efforts were matched by Clippers' two-way guard Xavier Moon who finished with 34 points, four rebounds and eight assists on 12-20 shooting and 2-3 from three-point range.

After being assigned to the G League on Monday, Golden State rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis had a quick start with 10 points in the first 18 minutes of the game. He finished with just 13 and four rebounds for the game, though made his presence felt on the defensive end with six blocked shots.

Another Warrior two-way player, Jerome Robinson, poured in 22 points, five rebounds and seven assists, while Golden State forward Gui Santos had eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists on 3-7 shooting.

The Warriors were plagued by 20 turnovers in contrast to the Clippers 12, essentially proving the difference in a game where the hosts had eight more field-goal attempts. Golden State got within six with just over 90 seconds remaining, only for Ontario guard Jordan Miller to make a three-pointer on the next possession.

Santa Cruz's season is starting to mirror that of Golden State's, having won their first five games before dropping three of the last four. They still sit second in the West standings behind the Clippers with a 6-3 record.