OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After another weird week in a season full of drama, the Golden State Warriors figured winning was the best way to quiet the growing chatter surrounding coach Mark Jackson's job.
Klay Thompson scored 33 points, Stephen Curry played through an illness to finish with 31 points and 16 assists, and the Warriors rolled past the Utah Jazz 130-102 Sunday night to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race.
"If you pay attention to the chatter, then you lose sight of what's taking place," Jackson said. "If it was great noise around here, our chatter is irrelevant. The numbers speak for themselves."
The Warriors (48-29) eclipsed last season's win total and moved 19 games over .500 for the first time in 20 years. Golden State remains 1½ games behind fifth-place Portland and 1½ games ahead of seventh-place Dallas in the crammed conference standings.
Even in the midst of the franchise's best season in two decades, not everything has gone smoothly for the Bay Area's beloved basketball team — or its coach.
The Warriors have parted ways with two of Jackson's assistant coaches in less than two weeks. They fired Darren Erman on Saturday for what the team called "a violation of company policy," and Jackson reassigned Brian Scalabrine to the team's NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz on March 25 because of what Jackson called a "difference in philosophies."
For at least one night, though, Jackson's players put the focus back on the court.
The Warriors scored more points than they had all season, made a season-high 17 3-pointers on 33 attempts and outshot Utah 57.8 percent to 45.3 percent from the floor. Center Andrew Bogut, who had missed the past four games with a bruise in his pelvis and groin area, also returned to finish with six points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes.
"There have been some things that happened off the floor that happen in all professional organizations," Bogut said. "It's obviously none of your business, none of the fans' business, no one's business outside of our organization. It's a team thing that stays in house. We're still winning games."
Playing against the Western Conference's worst team certainly helped.
Trey Burke had 24 points and 15 assists, and Alec Burks added 24 points and five assists in the latest lopsided loss for the Jazz (24-53), who are just trying to finish out the season on a positive note. Instead, they let two of the league's streakiest shooters get loose.
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