Thursday's 112-103 loss to the visiting Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena was a perfect scenario for many Warriors fans.

They got to see some standout performances, namely one from rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson, who totaled 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

They got to see a competitive game, as Golden State fought back from 19 down to get as close as three early in the fourth quarter. They even got a free smoothie from Jamba Juice, the prize for the Warriors topping 100.

To top it all off, they got a loss -- keeping alive the Warriors' hopes of keeping their 2012 first-round draft pick. With an eye toward the June draft, many Warriors fans are happy each time Golden State loses.

But the losing ways aren't sitting well with some of the youngsters on the roster.

"I hate it," rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson said before the game. "Burns me up."

"I'm (upset) after every loss," added rookie big man Jeremy Tyler. "After every one."

With the loss to the defending champions, Golden State has dropped three straight and 15 of its last 19 games. The Warriors season has spiraled out of control, and now all everyone can talk about is whether they can lose enough to keep the draft pick.

But Warriors coach Mark Jackson is adamant that his team not get comfortable with losing. That's why at halftime, with the Warriors down 14, he got on their case.

"I was very disappointed with our effort," Jackson said. "We got in at halftime, we talked about it, and the way we played in the second half is what we expected in closing out the season. We battled, gave ourselves a chance. We had some breakdowns. But the energy and effort was certainly there."

In 2008, the Warriors traded a first-round pick to New Jersey for point guard Marcus Williams. Thanks to the conditions of the pick, and a tweaking of the deal, the Warriors have yet to give up the pick.

New Jersey traded the Warriors' pick to Utah in the Deron Williams trade, so it now belongs to Utah. The only way Golden State will keep its 2012 first-round pick is if it's one of the top seven selections. If it's lower, it goes to the Jazz. Considering the prominence of this draft, which is widely considered a good one, keeping the pick would be a serious coup for the Warriors.

The lower the Warriors finish in the standings, the better their chances of keeping that pick. The order of the draft won't be decided until May 30. But where the Warriors finish affects their chances in the lottery.

Golden State entered Thursday's game with the ninth-worst record in the league. If that stands, the Warriors' only hope of keeping their first-rounder would be to land one of the top three picks in the lottery. They would have a 6.1 percent chance of that happening.

Of the Warriors' eight games remaining, six are against winning teams and four are on the road -- including their one back-to-back-to-back set. Losing out would be the best way to help the Warriors keep their pick. Winning more than one of their final games would likely leave them with slim hopes of retaining their lottery pick.

The seventh-worst record in the NBA is owned by New Jersey (21-38). With eight games left after Thursday's game against visiting Dallas, the Warriors have time to catch the Nets.

Of course, the draft possibilities aren't exactly consoling the Warriors' rookies.

"It really bothers me," Thompson said. "I don't even like moral victories."

  • Warriors forward David Lee had a game-high 30 points to go with eight rebounds. He also had five turnovers in 40 minutes. Over his past eight games, he is averaging 23.1 points on 49.7 percent shooting with 9.3 rebounds.

  • Mavericks forward Brandan Wright, a former Warrior, seems to have finally found a place to thrive. He finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes on Thursday.

    He's become a regular part of the rotation in Dallas the second half of the season, and he's producing.

    In his last 30 games entering Thursday, he's averaged 7.5 points on 61.5 percent shooting with 3.7 rebounds in 18.5 minutes.

    Wright flamed out with Golden State and was traded to New Jersey in February 2010. He never lived up to expectations with the Warriors after being acquired from Charlotte on draft day in exchange for then-face-of-the-franchise Jason Richardson.

  • Cal-product Jason Kidd finished a point shy of a triple-double. He had 12 assists and 10 rebounds.