In a bit of role reversal Saturday night at Oracle Arena, the Warriors looked like the team fighting for its playoff life in a 112-97 victory over Denver, which is a game ahead of Phoenix and Utah for the Western Conference's final playoff berth.

The Warriors (22-33) had lost 12 of their past 15 games, but they played with a sense of urgency, consistently pushing the tempo and pounding the ball inside. They scored 25 fastbreak points and 58 points in the paint for their seventh double-digit victory of the season and first since March 13 at Sacramento.

Power forward David Lee continued his remarkable run, just missing his career-best eighth consecutive 20-point game. He had 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting and added nine rebounds.

Lee has been the steadying influence since the Warriors injected three rookies into the starting lineup after last month's trade of Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh. After a series of rookie moments against Denver, coach Mark Jackson elected to go with his experienced bench players.