OAKLAND -- The Warriors played their second consecutive game without injured point guard Stephen Curry. But the victory this time was much tougher to come by.
Golden State hung on for a 100-97 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, overcoming terrible offense in the fourth quarter.
Klay Thompson had a game-high 27 points to lead Golden State (29-17). David Lee was one assist shy of a triple-double but had a season-high 20 rebounds to go with 15 points. Andrew Bogut, in his first home game since Nov. 7, contributed eight points and five rebounds in 25 minutes.
Jarrett Jack, starting in place of Curry, overcame a rough shooting night (3 of 13) to score eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to go with nine assists.
"We have an edge to us," coach Mark Jackson said. "We're confident. And we believe. There is no panic. We're finding ways to win games and continuing to shock people. I don't know of anybody who believed we would be 12 games over .500. That's not the stuff I heard or read about."
Based on the way the Warriors dominated in Cleveland without three starters and a key reserve, you'd figure they would have blown out Dallas. Golden State was at home. And the Mavericks were without their star player and center, as Dirk Nowitzki (strained right abductor) and Chris Kaman (concussion) were not in uniform.
But Golden State needed to survive to claim its third straight victory. They had a hard time
When the fourth quarter started, the Warriors led 80-79. You kind of got the feeling Golden State should have been up by much more. Actually, they were.
A Thompson jumper with 1:59 left in the third quarter had the Warriors ahead 80-70. But the Warriors' next five possessions ended in either a missed jumper or a turnover. That paved the way for a 9-0 Mavericks run to close the quarter. First Carter made a 3-pointer. Then Mayo. Then backup guard Rodrigue Beaubois rainbow'd one in at the buzzer.
The Warriors' Harrison Barnes started the fourth quarter with a driving layup. He then twice hustled to close out on jumpers by Carter, both misses.
Then backup forward Richard Jefferson converted a three-point play on a jumper. Forward Carl Landry, who returned to the lineup after missing the last game with a bruised left shoulder, kept the excitement going by pinning Carter's dunk attempt to the glass.
After a series of Warriors free throws, and more missed Mavericks jumpers, Jefferson really got the 12th straight sell-out crowd at Oracle on its feet. He drove baseline and with a reverse dunk.
In exactly three minutes, the Warriors had run off 12 straight points to take a 92-79 lead.
But the Mavericks ran off 13 straight, capped by a wide-open jumper from guard Darren Collison that tied the game at 92 with 4:15 left.
Jack ended the scoring drought with a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock. Then Bogut blocked the hook shot of Mavericks forward Brandon Wright. Bogut then knocked down a pair of free throws to put Golden State up 97-92.
But more skittish offense led to two more minutes of futility, which opened the door for a Marion floater and a Collison jumper, the latter cutting the Warriors' lead to a point.
Lee and Mayo each split a pair of free throws, leaving the Warriors with the ball and a 98-97 lead with 42.5 seconds remaining.
Bogut knocked the ball away from Wright before he could get a shot off, and Jack added two free throws.
"We made a lot of mistakes at crucial times at the game that we need to rectify," Bogut said. "A couple of rushed shots early in our offense that we didn't need to take with less than six minutes left. Our defense was a little better. We're lucky to get this win. We have to move on, but we can't let this happen again."