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Smith put in a man-of-the-match display for the Warriors as they defeated the Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers 69-57 in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).
The former Saigon Heat guard led the team with 14 points including two big three pointers - one in the second quarter and one in the third period - to keep the Warriors comfortably ahead for most of the contest at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Smith's energy on defense was also part of the reason why the Slingers shot a woeful 22/68 (32%) from the field.
"He's been outstanding for us," Purves told FOX Sports.
"I am just really proud of him. He's a true professional and he's come here and given us a nice boost and he has an awfully lot to be proud of.
"We are thankful he is a member of our team."
Smith was a last minute addition to Purves' championship winning side following a long term injury blow to star point guard Stanley Pringle.
Pringle underwent surgery on a meniscus injury on January 4th which ruled him out of action for up to 12 weeks.
Smith joined just in time for the Warriors to begin their defence of the ABL crown on January 11th against the San Miguel Beermen. An opening day loss to the Beermen was followed up with defeat at Saigon Heat but since then the Warriors have picked up three straight wins including two against the Westports Malaysia Dragons as well as Tuesday's win in Singapore.
Smith has played a big part in the upturn of form for the Warriors.
"The hard work, it's paying off," Smith said.
"The extra [hours] staying in the gym, it's starting to show up."
Meanwhile, Warriors coach Purves is just thankful he made the decision to bring in the veteran guard once it was clear Pringle would be sidelined for an extended period.
"Certainly not having Stanley Pringle [available] was a blow to us but John has helped soften that blow," Purves said.
The Warriors next play the Beermen on February 8th in the Philippines.