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The Bucks wouldn’t go away but the Warriors made just enough plays down the stretch in Thursday’s 115-110 victory at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson delivered the biggest shot of the night with a 3-pointer from the corner with 38 seconds left and Stephen Curry, who had 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, put the game away with free throws in the final seconds. Curry and Thompson combined for 60 points and David Lee had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Dubs picked up their third straight win. The Warriors will look to keep the winning streak intact on Saturday when they continue their five-game homestand against the red-hot Spurs.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's win:
“A good win. As a coach you are not going to be satisfied with giving up 35 points in the fourth quarter. I’m not going to nitpick. The bottom line is that we made progress because we beat two teams that we are supposed to beat in our building. I thought we did some things very well. Obviously Steph (Stephen Curry) was spectacular. He’s leading the league in 30 point 10 assist games for the season. I thought Klay (Thompson) has been solid for a while now. He’s elevated his game. It was good to get Bogs (Andrew Bogut) back. Draymond (Green) gave us great minutes and our bench did a good job of getting us quality minutes. D-Lee (David Lee) was D-Lee. It was a big win for us. We are continuing to try and win ballgames and do it in the right fashion.”
On not being able to go on a big run:
“You are playing against a team, with all due respect, that has nothing to play for. They are playing loose and they have something to prove. They have guys getting an opportunity. Give them credit because they made plays. Especially with (Ramon) Sessions and (Brandon) Knight they have two guards that have the ability to get downhill and make plays and put pressure on our the defense.”
On being 18 games over .500 for the first time in 20 years:
“We are going to enjoy the ride. We are going to appreciate everything that we were able to accomplish as a team and as a unit because you can take it for granted. There are people that are 19 years old that have never seen this. That’s a wild moment. It’s an incredible accomplishment, but we still have a ways to go. We are going to park and enjoy it, take a big breath, appreciate and continue to chase down our ultimate goals.”
On if the Bucks played better than what their record would indicate:
“They’ve got some talent and I think they’ve had some injuries. It’s been a tough year for them. Watching them the other night against Portland battle in a game that they should’ve won. I look at it like it was a process. We used to be on the other side trying to figure out how to win games. What it takes is patience; you don’t jump steps. By losing these games like this you learn how to win them.”
On if he thought it was too close too late in the game:
“This was a team that just went into overtime against Portland, in Portland in a must win situation for them. Give them credit we hit them with overhand rights and left hands to the body and they continued to get off the canvas and make plays.”
On if he's paying attention to the seventh and eighth place teams in the West:
“I haven’t looked at them and I won’t look at them. Our goal is to continue to win ballgames and continue to close out the season the fashion that we talked about closing it our after the All-Star break. I’m proud of the way our guys have responded overall. If you look at our record since the All-Star break it’s up there with anybody in the league.”
Stephen Curry
On tonight's game:
“Definitely happy about getting a win. We’ve struggled with games like this before. Obviously we’d want it to be prettier and not give up 110 points, but we can learn these lessons in wins rather than the other way around. We’ve definitely got to figure out what we didn’t do well tonight; a lot of that was pick-and-roll defense, transition defense as well. Continuing to move forward we took care of business this week and have a big game on Saturday.”
Klay Thompson
On closing out the game:
“We played unselfishly on the offensive end. That always helps getting easy looks for everybody. We got some key stops there at the end. They’ve got two really quick guards in [Ramon] Sessions and [Brandon] Knight and we didn’t let them get in the paint too much tonight.”
On making timely 3-pointers when team wasn't shooting them well:
“We’ve got such a good shooting team that eventually we’re going to hit some, and we hit some in key moments, and that’s all that matters.”
On Mark Jackson praising him about being a two-way player:
“I love it. It’s high praise. It’s great to hear from coach. It gives me a lot of confidence. It makes me want to work hard for him out there and it’s humbling. I’ve been working hard these last three years and hopefully I’ve still got a lot of room to grow.”
David Lee
On tonight's win:
“I wasn’t thrilled with the way we played. The most important thing is, though, we were able to get a victory tonight. I thought we missed a couple shots we should have made. We didn’t play great offensively, had some turnovers. Defensively, I think the second quarter wasn’t our best quarter, but I thought we played pretty well in the third quarter and we had some good things but it wasn’t our best game.”
On not being able to put the game away:
“I’ll have to watch the film. We built it up to eight or nine, or ten a couple times and weren’t able to get that distance and take it up to 25 or 20. Give them credit, they kept playing hard and their bench came in and gave them a big boost. But we’ve got to do a better job of that and with San Antonio coming up next we can’t have lapses like we had or it’s going to be a tough one.”
SEEKING A SEASON SWEEP
The Warriors will look for their third straight win on Thursday as they continue their five-game homestand against the Milwaukee Bucks. This will close out the season series between the two clubs, as Golden State won in Wisconsin on January 7 for its 10th consecutive win. The Warriors have won six of their last seven home games and will be looking to take advantage of a team that currently sports the NBA’s worst record. Tickets are still available, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a water bottle and a voucher good for a free Jamba Juice smoothie or juice (voucher not redeemable at Oracle Arena). BUY TICKETS
LAST TIME OUT
Despite playing without Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala who were both out due to injury, the Warriors coasted to a 103-89 home victory over the visiting Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. For the second game in a row, the #SplashBrothers led the way for the Dubs with some phenomenal shooting. Stephen Curry scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go with five assists, while Klay Thompson added 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-5 from long range. David Lee notched another double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Mo Speights added 13 points and 8 boards off the bench. GAME RECAP
TIME TO STEP UP
The depth of the Warriors has been a topic of conversation all season, for good and bad, and the reserves will certainly have their opportunity to shine on Thursday. With Andre Iguodala out at least the next two games with right knee tendonitis and Andrew Bogut missing Tuesday’s game with left ankle inflammation, the Dubs can be without their top two defenders. Second-year players Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green replaced them in the starting lineup on Tuesday, and the Warriors held Orlando to less than 90 points. The continued contributions from Barnes and Green, as well as Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford and Marreese Speights, will be crucial as the team tries to improve its playoff standing over the final 13 games of the regular season.
IN A GROOVE
If the last five games are any indication, Klay Thompson has hit his stride. He’s shot at least 50 percent in each of the last five games and is 17-for-26 on 3-pointers in that stretch. Thompson recently became the first player in NBA history to surpass 500 made 3-pointers in the first three seasons of his career, and while he has always been a perimeter threat, this season has seen his game mature. Thompson often defends the opposition’s best guard, and on offense he uses his great shooting ability to open up driving lanes to the basket. With teams focusing more and more on stopping Curry, Thompson’s ability as an all-around player will be huge for the Warriors down the stretch.
MILWAUKEE SCOUTING REPORT
The Bucks have had a rough go of it this season and have yet to beat an opponent that is above .500 at the time of the game. Owners of the NBA’s worst record, Milwaukee is currently on a four-game West Coast road trip and is seeking its fifth win since the All-Star Break. While playoffs aren’t in Milwaukee’s immediate future, the Bucks do have several pieces to work with. Six players average in double figures in scoring for the Bucks and the team as a whole has improved its scoring by 10 points a game since the All-Star Break. Brandon Knight leads the team with 17.5 points per game and Ramon Sessions adds some more scoring punch off the bench. The Warriors have slipped at homes to perceived “lesser” opponents this season, and they’ll try to prevent that from happening again by making a statement early and avoiding any sort of letdown.
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Injury Report
GSW: Andrew Bogut (left ankle inflammation) is TBD. Andre Iguodala (right knee tendonitis) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out. Nemanja Nedovic is on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

MIL: Carlos Delfino (post-surgery, right foot) and Larry Sanders (fractured orbital bone) are out.