OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson triggered a comeback with eight points during a 10-0 burst to open the fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors overcame the Toronto Raptors 125-118 in a matchup of teams saddled with four-game losing streaks.
Hoping to take advantage of the league's friendliest schedule down the stretch, the Warriors began a seven-game homestand just as they had wanted, although the Raptors gave the hosts quite a scare for three periods.
The night not only ended on a positive note for the Warriors, but also began with one, with center Andrew Bogut deemed healthy enough to return to the starting lineup. He was able to go a season-high 30 minutes, finding time for four points and eight rebounds in a win that allowed Golden State (34-27) to retain the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference as it began a closing stretch of 16 home games in their final 22 outings.
Bogut had missed six straight games because of back spasms, with Golden State losing the last four in that stretch and being outrebounded by almost two a game during the losing streak.
The Warriors also lost the battle of the boards to the Raptors, with Toronto's Amir Johnson dominating on the offensive end on a 15-rebound night.
Aside from the rebounding, the Warriors were brilliant at both ends of the floor in the decisive fourth quarter, which began with Toronto holding a 90-83 lead that was the result of a 36-point, third-quarter explosion.
The comeback began with some offensive fireworks, most of which were provided by Thompson. He drilled two 3-pointers and a jumper, mixing in an assist on a David Lee hoop as Golden State scored 10 points on their first four possessions of the fourth period to go up 93-92.
Toronto took one last lead at 94-93 on a Johnson follow shot, but then the Warriors tightened the defensive screws. The Raptors missed 17 of their next 18 shots, scoring only on free throws and a Rudy Gay steal and dunk, as Golden State went up by as many as nine on two occasions before holding on.
The crowning blow came with 1:07 to g, with Toronto down 111-105 and desperately needing a stop. It didn't get it as Harrison Barnes beat Gay on a one-on-one move for a lefty layup that turned into a 3-point play when Barnes was fouled by Johnson.
Lee led the Warriors with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Curry had 15 fourth-quarter points to cap a 26-point, 12 assist night. Thompson finished with 22 points.
Gay, coming off a one-game absence with back spasms, and Andrea Bargnani paced the Raptors (23-38) with 26 points apiece. Johnson, scoring mostly off his 12 offensive rebounds, had 23 points to complement his 15 boards, and Kyle Lowry came one assist from a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
In completing a season-series sweep of their Eastern Conference rival, the Warriors beat a club that looked a whole lot different than the one that was beaten 114-102 in Toronto on Jan. 28. The Raptors were without Bargnani (elbow) and Lowry (back) on that occasion, and hadn't acquired Gay from Memphis for another three days.
Bargnani and Gay made their presence felt all night, but especially in the third quarter, during which the Raptors outscored the Warriors 36-21 to put themselves in a position to win.
Toronto went into halftime down 62-54, but got a 3 and two free throws from Bargnani and a driving hoop from Gay in a 10-0 flurry out of the locker room that produced a two-point lead.
Bargnani added seven more points in the period and Gay dropped in an additional eight, and when Alan Anderson buried a 26-footer on Toronto's final possession of the quarter, the Raptors suddenly had a 90-83 advantage headed into the final 12 minutes.
Notes: Apparently putting on one of the best performances by a visiting player in Madison Square Garden history isn't sufficient to warrant NBA Player of the Week honors. The Nuggets' Ty Lawson earned the distinction, the NBA announced Monday, ahead of the Warriors' Curry, who poured in 54 points in New York last Wednesday during a four-game stretch in which he averaged 36.8 points per game, almost 16 per outing more than Lawson. So why Lawson? His Nuggets went 3-0 last week; the Warriors were 0-4. ... To add insult to injury, Curry's former backcourt mate, Bucks guard Monta Ellis, was honored as the Eastern Conference's best. ... The Warriors currently hold a Western playoff spot while the Raptors are far out of the Eastern chase, but you couldn't tell by their records since Feb. 1, the date on which Gay made his Toronto debut. Before Monday's meeting, the Raptors had gone 7-7 over that stretch, the Warriors 4-10. ... Even with Gay and Bargnani returning to action Monday, the Raptors still were without one key player, Linas Kleiza, who remains sidelined with a sore right knee. ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson assured before the game that he's not taking anything for granted despite the fact his team plays 16 of its final 22 games at home. "If we play the way we have been playing," he said on the eve of a seven-game homestand, "we won't beat teams at home. Just because Dorothy clicks her heels and winds up at home doesn't mean everything is going to be all right in this league."