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Warriors' Stephen Curry guiding backup Quinn Cook to success

OAKLAND (KRON) - The shorthanded Warriors secured a 117-106 win over the young Lakers on Wednesday night at Oracle.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all sat out with injuries, as did reserves David West and Patrick McCaw.

And thus the door was open for players who don’t regularly see much time, Quinn Cook being one of them.

The Duke product got the fifth start of his career against Los Angeles, filling in at point guard for Curry, someone who Cook has high praise for.

“To have him as a mentor, as a big brother – it’s a dream come true and it’s also a blessing because he’s one of the greatest to ever do it,” Cook said postgame of Curry.

A second-year pro, Cook scored 13 points on 5/11 shooting in 28 minutes while committing just one turnover, though he fouled out a couple minutes before the final buzzer. He was aggressive from the jump, acknowledging that Curry and Shaun Livingston were “in his ear all night” about putting pressure on the Lakers to guard him.

Cook was one of seven Warriors to score in double-figures for a Golden State team that needed guys to step up offensively in the absence of Curry and Thompson, two of the group’s top-three scorers.

The 6-foot-2 guard credited the Dubs’ “Strength in Numbers” slogan for the win over the Lakers.

“I think that’s what’s been making Golden State so great these past couple years,” Cook said of the team win Wednesday night. “Guys have to stay ready for situations like this. When we’re three All-Stars out, we still want to win a game. We’re not just coming in here to compete.”

And while the Warriors have the easiest remaining schedule, according to Basketball-Reference, the top seed in the West isn’t out of reach, as the Dubs are just 1.5 games behind the NBA-best Houston Rockets.

Cook should get the starting nod for at least three more games as Curry recovers from an ankle injury. And though he has minimal NBA experience, Cook did lead Duke to an NCAA Championship in 2015, and could be a security blanket at point for the Warriors come playoffs.

When asked which parts of Curry’s game Cook tries to replicate, he was quick to respond.

“Everything,” Cook said. “I’ve been watching him for a while now, since Davidson. So I try to study him as much as possible.”

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