OAKLAND -- Down two assistant coaches, and despite all the "chatter" surrounding the team that coach Mark Jackson pointed to, the Warriors continue to roll.

Stephen Curry had 31 points and 16 assists that matched a career high, and Klay Thompson led with 33 points as the Warriors blasted Utah 130-102 at Oracle Arena on Sunday for their highest-scoring game of the season.

The Warriors reached a season-high 19 games over .500 and the 48-win mark, and barring a complete collapse, they will clinch a playoff berth in the final five regular season games and in the face of distractions.

"These last two games have been a thing of beauty -- defensively, offensively, executing, unselfish basketball in spite of whether we want to acknowledge it or not all the chatter outside of the locker room," Jackson said after the Warriors won consecutive home games against Utah and Sacramento. "These guys deserve a lot of credit for how focused they are, how tied together they are."

The Warriors walloped Utah a day after the firing of assistant coach Darren Erman, who became the second assistant forced off the bench in 12 days. Curry said Erman's firing due to a violation of company policy was "a shock" and acknowledged the team has needed to come together.

Jackson, who faced questions from media members about his job status and relationship with ownership before the game, smiled broadly as he noted how the Warriors on the court have continued to be successful.

"I'd be lying if I said it probably doesn't add something to it," Jackson said of the chatter possibly being positive for his team. "When you go at my guys, I'm going to buckle up, too. But these guys are true professionals."

The team played short-handed as well and learned that forward David Lee would continue to miss time because of nerve inflammation in his right leg.

Andrew Bogut did return, playing through a pelvic/groin contusion that had grown to the size of a baseball to provide six points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

The Warriors dominated with their play on the perimeter, making a season-high 17 3-pointers while shooting 51.5 percent from beyond the arc. Thompson was 7 for 10 from long distance, and Curry was 5 for 10 despite feeling body aches and chills before the game.

Trey Burke and Alec Burks scored 24 points apiece for Utah, with Burke adding a career-high 15 assists.

The Warriors led by as many as 18 points in the first half before the Jazz cut into the 40-22 lead in the second quarter with a 13-0 run. But Golden State went into halftime leading 66-52 and eventually led by as many as 31 points against Utah, which has the worst record in the Western Conference.

The Warriors shot 57.8 percent from the field while Utah shot 45.3 percent.

"We're in a good place on both ends kind of at the right time," the Warriors' Andre Iguodala said.

The Warriors with their 48th win surpassed their win total from last season and remained 11/2 games behind Portland while 11/2 games ahead of Dallas for the No. 6 seed. Their magic number is three with five games left.

"We want to take care of those and continue to finish the season strong," Curry said. "We need every single one of them to secure our spot, continue to find that sync and that rhythm that we need going into the playoffs."

  • Lee missed a sixth straight game after an MRI exam on his strained right hamstring revealed nerve inflammation in the leg, according to Jackson.

    Jackson said he did not know when Lee, the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder, would be able to return and if he would be able to come back for the start of the playoffs.

    "He's frustrated right now, and rightfully so," Jackson said. "We don't know how long, but I tell you what, he's doing everything he possibly can to get back on the floor for this basketball team."

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    Thursday's game

    Denver (33-44) at Warriors (48-29), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA, TNT