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."
During a dramatic sequence with 3:10 remaining, Cousins was at first ejected after being called for a flagrant foul backing in on Bogut. But after a delay, the call was changed to an offensive foul, and Cousins stayed in the game.
"It wasn't a flagrant," said Bogut, who battled with Cousins inside all afternoon. "He was posting me up, and he kind of swept through and clipped me on the chin. I made sure the ref saw it, and they called an offensive foul. They wanted to review it. I didn't think it was a flagrant it all."
Marcus Thornton scored all of his 21 points in the second half for the Kings, who have dropped four straight and are 3-7 at home.
The Warriors led by 16 in the third quarter but struggled to deliver the knockout punch. The lead was 93-84 in the fourth after a 3-pointer from backup Marreese Speights. But the Kings, who had won four of their previous five against the Warriors in Sacramento, surged to make it a cliffhanger.