OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, in a sign of the standards the Warriors have set for themselves, made it clear after a 102-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday that his team could do much better with sustaining success.

"I feel like we are underachieving right now, but I feel we can only control what's ahead of us," Curry said.

The road ahead looked just a bit brighter for the Warriors, who saw Curry score 34 points to help rally them after trailing Chicago by as many as 16 points. A loss would have sent them into a tie for eighth place in the Western Conference, but Curry combined with Klay Thompson (22 points) to jump-start the offense.

The victory at Oracle Arena came after the Warriors entered the contest without the services of injured starting big men Andrew Bogut (sore shoulder) and David Lee (sprained shoulder, strained hip) and the team having dropped five of its previous seven home games.

Curry, who had the hot hand while also dishing out nine assists, said the team needed to have some fun after having his wife ask after recent game if things were fine after seeing the team's body language.

Despite some bad losses of late, the Warriors did not overreact as coach Mark Jackson promised they would not.

"Contrary to popular belief at times and folks pushing the panic button, we are 10 games over .500," said Jackson, who earned his 100th career win. "We are a playoff basketball team. The record shows that we are a good team, and folks are going to have to deal with us.


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"That doesn't mean we're not going to look bad at times. It doesn't mean we're not going to lose games. But you will not see panic in that locker room."

Thompson was 8 for 16 from the field, his shot returning to form after he struggled mightily in recent games.

The Warriors were helped by the Bulls' 17 turnovers, some of which led to Golden State's 17 fast-break points.

The Warriors had a season-low shooting percentage in Tuesday's loss to Charlotte and against Chicago shot 48.2 percent, with Curry going 13 for 19 from the field.

The Warriors did it without their full squad. Lee is also expected to sit out Saturday's game at Phoenix, Jackson said. His absence against the Suns would make it three of four games the forward would have missed because of injuries.

Draymond Green replaced Lee and brought energy with nine points and seven rebounds in his first start of the season. Jermaine O'Neal gutted through soreness on a surgically repaired wrist to fill in for Bogut.

Harrison Barnes came off the bench to collect all 11 points in the fourth quarter to help hold off Chicago, as he connected on three 3-pointers. Backup point guard Jordan Crawford added 11 points.

Chicago's Taj Gibson, replacing game-time scratch Carlos Boozer in the starting lineup, had 26 points and 13 rebounds and got the Bulls off to a fine start with eight first-quarter points. Kirk Hinrich added 15 points but couldn't do much to slow down Curry on the other end.

Golden State erased a large deficit by halftime, taking a 50-46 before heading into the locker room with momentum on its side. Curry's 16 second-quarter points sparked the Warriors, and he capped off their 20-6 run with a 3-pointer.

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SATURDAY'S GAME
Warriors (30-20) at Phoenix (29-20), 6 p.m. CSNBA

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