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Warriors 106, Suns 87: Pence got the crowd going, but it was Andre Iguodala that got the Warriors going

Hunter Pence gave the Warriors a bit of a lift Saturday night at Oracle Arena. Sitting courtside next to owner Joe Lacob, the Giants’ outfielder was introduced during a timeout in the second quarter when Golden State wasn’t going so hot.

Pence smiled widely, stood up out of his seat, waved his arms and started shouting encouragement to the crowd. They responded with a thankful roar after a decidedly flat start to the game. It was probably coincidence, but the Warriors appeared to immediately play better the rest of the half, too, then they really kicked it gear in the third quarter.

No, Pence didn’t go to the locker room for one of his R-rated motivational speeches. The Warriors had plenty of speech-making going on among themselves, according to Andre Iguodala.

“When you lose like we did last night (in Utah) then have a tough start in the first half, you have to get it right,” Iguodala said. “Draymond (Green) has done a great job being the voice and letting guys know when it gets rough, that you just have to grind it out. Defensively is where it happens to get out of a rut.”

The Warriors definitely got out their defensive rut in the second half and it helped their sputtering offense get untracked as well. More than anybody, it was Iguodala leading the way, looking more spry and dynamic than he has in recent games.

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Jazz 110, Warriors 100: Andrew Bogut got his (behind) kicked, and so did the Warriors

SALT LAKE CITY – Eyebrows were raised in the Warriors locker room before the game after it was learned Utah big man Enes Kanter had told reporters at shootaround that Andrew Bogut was “nothing special.”

By the time the Warriors had suffered a stunning 110-100 loss, it was Bogut who was left answering for a game in which he said he had played “horribly.”

“My rhythm and flow in this game was horrible,” said Bogut, who finished with four points and four rebounds. “Defensively, I was terrible. I couldn’t help out the team. Usually if I have a bad offensive game, I know I can help us defensively and at least control the ball. And they kicked my (behind) tonight.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry describes his thought process on his unbelievable pass to David Lee

Warriors guard Stephen Curry might not have been on the winning team Tuesday, but his magical pass in the overtime loss to Chicago is something that will be remembered.

Curry in the fourth quarter had the ball in transition faked a behind-the-back pass with his left hand and then used the right for an over-the-shoulder pass to David Lee for a dunk.

That description doesn’t do it justice, so here’s Curry in describing how he actually decided to do the pass.

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Bulls 113, Warriors 111 OT: Once again, unfortunately, we’re reminded Warriors can’t win it all without Bogut

First off, fabulous game at Oracle Arena Tuesday night. It was a Warriors’ loss, but Chicago came to play and the Warriors did, too. Except for one guy — Andrew Bogut, who begged out after lineup introductions with flu-like symptoms.

The Warriors win this game against the Bulls with Bogut, just as they would have beaten the L.A. Clippers in the playoffs last year with Bogut. The Warriors have seven losses all year, and five of them have come with Bogut out of the lineup.

So it should be readily apparent. The Warriors are clearly destined for a great season. They only have to go 24-15 the rest of the way to achieve a franchise record 60 wins. They’ll more than likely do better than that. They’ll have to stumble badly not to have the No. 1 seed in the West.

But in the final accounting, they’re still going to need Bogut to win it all, or even go deep into the playoffs. Without him, they are eventually going to run into a big team like the Bulls and get worn down inside without a rebounder/rim protector.

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Warriors 114, Celtics 111: All wins count the same, even if they aren’t always historic like the last one

Even if it wasn’t as historic as his 52-point night, Klay Thompson still fought through a grinder of a game and scored 31.

This was a game the Warriors would have lost last year. They didn’t know how to grind through an uninspired night. Remember Charlotte? Remember Minnesota? Remember Cleveland, before they brought back LeBron? The Warriors lost 14 games at Oracle Arena last season under Mark Jackson and half of those losses were to lightweights.

Golden State’s meeting with Boston Sunday very easily could have been one of those kinds of trap games. A hangover seemed imminent following the extreme emotion expended during Klay Thompson’s miraculous 37-point quarter and 52-point game Friday night against Sacramento. The Warriors didn’t even practice Saturday. With a 5 p.m. start, they also skipped their morning shootaround Sunday.

The Celtics, meanwhile, came into Oracle bolstered by road wins at Denver and Portland despite their 15-26 overall record. And they played pretty well.

But the Warriors somehow found a way to grind out yet another victory, their 36th in 42 games and 19th in a row at home. They’re that good now, even when they’re not that good on a given day.

“We’re going to start getting some closer games against some tough teams,” said Andrew Bogut. “The next game (against Chicago on Tuesday) is going to be very tough at home. Getting ready for the playoffs, we have to get used to executing under pressure. Tonight we didn’t do a good job of that, especially late. These kinds of games help us address some things now, so it’s kind of a good thing.”

In other words, it was a bit of a wakeup call that didn’t require losing to be shaken a bit. As sluggish and unemotional as the performance was, the Warriors led the entire way. Coach Steve Kerr called it “workmanlike” and wasn’t distressed at all. He knows as a former player that these are the “dog days” right before the All-Star break and it’s tough to be fired up for a losing team with limited weaponry.

So in that respect, the win was impressive. Here’s the game story providing more details of the Warriors’ grind-it-out win, as well as Tim Kawakami’s column on how the Warriors are trying to fight complacency as they win game after game.

Not a night anyone will remember forever, but one that should be remembered as it relates to even last year, when the Warriors weren’t as capable to succeed on an off night.

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The Oral History of Warriors guard Klay Thompson scoring a record 37 points in a quarter at Oracle Arena

OAKLAND — Klay Thompson scored 52 points, including an NBA-record 37 of them in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 126-101 win against Sacramento at Oracle Arena.

Here’s how all the action went down Friday, as we pick up this oral history after the Kings came back from 18 points down to cut the Warriors’ lead to 56-51 at halftime.

Steve Kerr: “At halftime, I was so angry I told the guys, ‘Run whatever you want.’ Like ‘I’m not calling any plays because it’s not about any plays we call. It’s are we going to decide to focus? So run whatever you want.’ As (associate head coach Alvin Gentry) would say, they ran two plays – get the ball to Klay and Klay get the ball.”

Draymond Green: “When he hit the first (3-pointer), it’s like, ‘Oh, OK. Good.’ We went up (three) when he hit the first one. Like, ‘Oh, Klay just got us out of the barn.’”

Stephen Curry: “The first three were shots he normally takes. Just coming down, and he’s got a rhythm. And from then on, it was just finding a glimmer of daylight to get a shot off.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry supports All-Star selections for Draymond Green, Klay Thompson

OAKLAND – Warriors forward Draymond Green finished 14th among Western Conference frontcourt players in the All-Star balloting with 99,039 votes. Stephen Curry, the top overall vote-getter, is throwing his support behind Green becoming an All-Star.

Curry brought it up himself Friday that he’s hoping a couple of his teammates — Green and Klay Thompson — join him in the Feb. 15 game at Madison Square Garden. It’s now up to a vote among Western Conference coaches and if necessary a commissioner’s selection for reserves to be added to the roster.

Asked about Green, Curry said, “I mean, there’s a space (on the roster). We’ve got to figure out what we need to do to get those guys in there.

“They’ve done all they can do — him and Klay — to establish themselves as All-Star caliber players. Our record at what it is right now is definitely deserving of multiple guys in the game, and hopefully that happens.”

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