Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, goes to his knees with the ball against Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson during the third quarter
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, goes to his knees with the ball against Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. The Warriors won 115-113.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO -- The Splash Brothers, 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, must-have 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, grinding it out in the end against their stubborn NorCal rivals.

"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, Bogut enjoyed watching the brilliant shooting by Thompson and Curry. They combined for 64 points and an uncanny 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 at 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.

Curry took over in the third quarter. He buried a 3-pointer in the face of Thomas to increase the lead to 84-72 with 2:56 left and then drained another 3-point shot at 2:09 to make it 88-72. The Warriors were 13 for 21 from behind the arc through three quarters.

After a slow start to the game, the Warriors surged to a 41-33 lead on a David Lee dunk with 5:18 left in the first half.

Curry sparked the flurry with ball-hawking defense, and his steal preceded the dunk, which came off the Kings' 15th turnover. The Kings turned it over a season-high 24 times.

Bogut's overhead jam made it 43-35 off a Lee dish. The muscular Kings retook the lead 49-46 on back-to-back inside baskets. But Curry's wide-open 3-pointer off a Green assist tied the score. That proved to be an appetizer for Green, who made an unlikely a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer on a fall-away jumper from the left corner off a Curry feed. The basket answered another putback by the Kings' Patrick Patterson.

The Kings turned it over 16 times in the first half, and Thompson had three steals to go with his 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. The Warriors shot a tidy 61.3 on threes in the half.

"I got a lot of open looks. I let it fly," Thompson said.

The game got off to an odd start. After the Warriors were introduced, the lights went out before the Kings were announced. The lights came back on after a short delay.

SHOOTING STARS

The backcourt tandem of Stephen Curry, left, and Klay Thompson combined for 64 of Golden State's 115 points Sunday. It was their highest combined total this season: Here's a look at their stats:

Curry Thompson
36 Points 28
14-24 Field goals 10-19
5-8 3-pointers 8-11
10 Assists 2
40 Minutes 41


TUESDAY'S GAME

Toronto (6-10) at Warriors (10-8), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA

SHOOTING STARS

The backcourt tandem of Stephen Curry, left, and Klay Thompson combined for 64 of Golden State's 115 points Sunday. It was their highest combined total this season: Here's a look at their stats:

Curry Stat Thompson
36 Points 28
14-24 Field goals 10-19
5-8 3-pointers 8-11
10 Assists 2
40 Minutes 41

ONLINE EXTRA

Marcus Thompson II: Warriors make right move by going to Curry down stretch. Read column at mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson.