Andrew Bogut said before Thursday's game - his first at Oracle Arena since Nov. 7 - that he didn't "deserve a crazy ovation."
He does now.
Bogut had eight points, five rebounds and made the game's biggest play in helping the Warriors hold off Dallas 100-97 in front of a national TV audience and the 12th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.
With the Warriors leading 98-97 and 6.2 seconds remaining, Bogut blocked Brandan Wright's shot - one of his three blocked shots - and directed the ball to Jarrett Jack, who made two free throws. Bogut then guarded the inbounds pass on the Mavericks' final possession and forced Vince Carter into an off-balanced three-point heave that missed at the buzzer.
"At the end of the day, that's a game we'd lose last year," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "We made the plays when we needed."
Bogut had 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots Monday night at Toronto in his return from a 38-game hiatus used to rehabilitate his surgically repaired left ankle. At Thursday's shootaround, however, hours before being welcomed back by the home fans, Bogut said he didn't expect anything out of the ordinary.
"I don't deserve a crazy ovation for being out for so long, but hopefully, the crowd will support me," Bogut said.
It was the support of Bogut that allowed the Warriors (29-17) to win for the sixth time in their past eight games and their seventh out of nine at home.
Until this stretch, Oracle Arena had sold out 12 straight times only once (2007-08) since renovations increased the building's capacity to 19,596 in 1996-97, and the packed crowd spent most of Thursday's game cheering David Lee and Klay Thompson.
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Bogut's defense helps lift Warriors
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 1