SACRAMENTO — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, shot the lights out, but the Warriors relied on a clutch defensive play from Andrew Bogut to preserve a thrilling 115-113 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Curry, who had a game-high 36 points, made two free throws with 8.6 seconds left to give the Warriors the winning margin.
But Bogut blocked a shot by a driving Isaiah Thomas and then hoisted the ball into the air as the horn sounded. The Warriors ended their trip with a 2-2 mark.
“Big-time play,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Bogut's block. “I thought his defense was stellar.”
In front of a crowd of 15,588, Thompson and Curry combined for 64 points. They were 13-for-19 shooting from 3-point range.
“Steph's an unbelievable scorer and so is Klay,” Bogut said. “It makes my job pretty easy. I try to get body-on-body in screens and make sure Steph got some nice looks in the fourth quarter.”
Thompson was 8 for 11 from 3-point range, a career-high total from behind the arc, and finished with 28 points. Curry was 5 for 8 on 3-pointers.
“I have a great backcourt with two guys that can light up the scoreboard,” Jackson said. “The thing I love most about them is people fall in love with the shooting, which is obvious, but they compete. They have developed into a really good defensive tandem.”
In the thrilling finish, Curry shot over Thomas to give the Warriors a 111-109 lead with 1:11 left. The Warriors led 113-111 with 28.7 seconds left after Draymond Green tipped in a Curry miss on a teardrop from inside, but DeMarcus Cousins, who led the Kings with 24 points, scored over Bogut to tie it with 12.6 seconds left.
The storyline couldn't have been any simpler. The Warriors needed a win of any sort to reclaim some lost luster. Mission accomplished.
“It's a tough conference,” said Bogut, who had 12 rebounds and six points. “It's going to come down to the final week, in my opinion. We've just got keep battling. We've had our inroads and guys hurt. Steph's playing banged up. We still have work to do.”