Jonas Jerebko secured a win for the Warriors on Friday.
The 31-year-old forward, who signed a one-year contract with Golden State in the offseason, tipped in a missed shot from Kevin Durant with time expiring to lift his team to a 124-123 victory over the Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr discussed Jerebko’s game-winning play with reporters after the game.
“That’s the moment where he’s one of us,” Kerr said (via ESPN). “Any time you’re a new guy with a team, you’re trying to make your mark. You do it in practice by going hard. You do it with your work ethic.
“But as soon as you hit a game winner, that pretty much solidifies.”
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 20, 2018
Golden State trailed by 16 points with 5:36 to play in the third quarter, but came back for the victory behind 38 points from Durant and 31 from Stephen Curry.
“It was incredible,” Durant said about Jerebko’s tip-in. “I’m happy for Jonas. I know that he wanted to come in here and kind of impose his will on the team. … I’m just happy for him that he was able to have that moment.”
Jerebko, who averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 74 games for the Jazz last season, said it “felt great” to beat his old team Friday.
“Obviously, being back here — I had a great time here,” Jerebko said. “So to come back — said I wanted a win, so it felt great.”
The Jazz shot 41.3 percent from 3-point range and scored 81 first-half points in the loss.