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Jordan, Paul lead Clippers over Warriors, 113-103



LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hours after owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, the Los Angeles Clippers returned to an energized Staples Center and beat the Golden State Warriors 113-103 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

DeAndre Jordan had 25 points, a playoff career high, and 18 rebounds while Chris Paul scored 20 points.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers high-fived each of his players near the bench in an uncommon display of excitement as the final seconds ticked away. Jamal Crawford of the Clippers hugged and slapped hands with fans at courtside on the way to the locker room.

"I thought they were great," Rivers said of his players. "I thought they were tired a lot, and that was the result of the last few days. I just thought they had great mental toughness. They wanted to will this game, and I'm just proud of them."

Commissioner Adam Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million and called on NBA owners to force him to sell the team for making racist comments.

The Clippers were greeted with a standing ovation when they came out for pregame warmups. They kept on their Clippers warmup suits, unlike Sunday in Oakland, when, in a silent protest against Sterling, they tossed their sweatsuits bearing the team logo onto the court and went through their pregame routine with their red shirts on inside out.

Players from both teams wore black socks.

With so many sponsors bailing on the Clippers, there were few advertisements on the video boards. A few non-digital signs were covered over.

The PA announcer constantly reminded the crowd, "We Are One."

One fan wore a T-shirt that read: "Sterling Out Equality In."

The Clippers are on the brink of just their third playoff series victory since Sterling bought the team in 1981. Game 6 is Thursday night in Oakland.

Crawford scored 19 points for the Clippers while Blake Griffin had 18 and Darren Collison 15.

Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 21 points. David Lee and Andre Iguodala scored 18 apiece while Stephen Curry had a so-so game with 17 points, including four 3-pointers.

Griffin scored eight points in the first 6 minutes of the fourth quarter. Jordan made six of eight free throws in the final period.

With the Clippers leading by three points early in the fourth quarter, Griffin scored two quick baskets to make it 83-78.

He made a turnaround jumper to push the lead to 90-81 with 7 minutes to go.

Curry stole the ball and hit a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 70-69 lead late in the third quarter.

Paul answered with a 3-pointer to put the Clippers up 72-70. Crawford then poked the ball away from Curry, broke free, got the pass for a dunk and a four-point lead with 1:11 left.

Paul hit another 3 with 1.1 seconds left in the third for a 77-72 lead.

Jordan had four blocks and Paul had five steals.

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Rick April 30 2014 at 9:37 AM

Man, get over it. This whole rascist thing is getting really old. The brutha's call themselves the 'N' word, but don't let any one else breathe it, mmmm

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dan_crabtree April 30 2014 at 9:18 AM

a damn basketball game is now a pity party for the black players..please spare me for the eight months out of the year they actually do someything to earn that pity million plus dollars a season salary...and having to play there staged fake tourneys where it always goes to the seven game mark is somewhat old as well..all fake ..as the championship always goes to the largest marketshare watching this fake crap as well...

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lessigvon dan_crabtree April 30 2014 at 9:44 AM

I cant unstand for life of me the damage done to the players to act like they just lost a team player in airplane crash...but what you say is absolutely true the game has changed in the last 30 and now its all a stage...watch a good college game if you want to see the play of real basketball

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Aprile lessigvon April 30 2014 at 12:05 PM

of course it is like a funeral.....if it was not for the players,/sponsors he would not continue to be a millionaire of sorts, minus 2.5! wth

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Aprile dan_crabtree April 30 2014 at 12:03 PM

you will never understand if you have never walked in an african americans shoes....oh Im sorry you to like to spray tan.......Basketball is sport for all and for someone like sterling is why the world and racism still lives . add yourself! Have a great life! Whether you think its fake or not you do have a choice.....remember those....

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rwitchwoman63 April 30 2014 at 9:17 AM

Personally I believe a private conversation should have remained private and whoever taped his comments should be sued by him for any losses incurred....It is after all illegal to TAPE ANYONE without their knowledge!!!!....Betcha most of the people commenting on this site did not know that!!!!....As for the racist remarks I do NOT agree with them but we are all entitled to our opinion and beliefs!....If the NBA forces him to sell the Clippers which I don't understand how they could since he owns the team, but hey whatever....My feelings on this are that if they do force him to sell, and than Magic buys the team....That to me is racist in and of its self....You are taking something away from a white person because that person screwed up and essentially giving it to a black guy...Doesn't seem fair to me....I agree yes fine him, and yes bar him from games or practices....You but should not keep a man from making a living by taking away his ability to do that....even if the guy is rich....

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cat1bb1 rwitchwoman63 April 30 2014 at 10:03 AM

Because there is an NBA Constitution and owners must follow it.

How is anyone, black or white, who can afford to buy an NBA team being given anything???

No one took anything from this person, other than himself. He has finally been called out for 50 plus years of racism and biogtry and is finally having to pay!

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debnaert rwitchwoman63 April 30 2014 at 11:54 AM

Thoughtless minds of liberals are to stupid to see what this would BRING to the door steps of EVERY AMERICAN in this country! It needs to stop HERE!

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dbs7641937 April 30 2014 at 9:15 AM

The 1990's saw equal rights, discrimination and harrassment programs pushed to the hilt. Since then,by using the leverage of these progams 13 per cent of the nations population will get whatever they want. Get use to it!!!

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blu55081 April 30 2014 at 9:12 AM

seriously? i find this whole debacle a joke. how about getting emotional about something really important like the victims of the floods? or maybe the fairy disaster? when a bunch of idiotic basketball players start dictating what my moral compass should be i think the country is pretty much been shot to hell. gee i wonder who the next white person is that is going to be set up for slaughter. give this guy a break it's not like he spit in anyone's food a la jesse jackson. oh that's right that's acceptable because the roles were reversed in that disgusting display of racism.

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bgnewman3 blu55081 April 30 2014 at 9:14 AM

well said, they don't get emotional about babys getting shot in the face sitting in their stroller by thugs, but somehow need to be coddled if an owner tells his mistress to not hang out with black people???

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cat1bb1 blu55081 April 30 2014 at 10:08 AM

Someone should have instilled the moral of "we are all one" in you.
Being a racist is a learned behavior, we are not born that way. You want to tell a race of people and anyone who agrees with them, they are wrong because they should not be treated, spoken to, or mistreated a certain way.

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bobbmydrummer April 30 2014 at 9:11 AM

Isn't that sweet...all the carjackers hugging...how nice is that

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conservativechristian1 bobbmydrummer April 30 2014 at 9:52 AM

Now that was not a nice thing to say. Some of those guys are not bad. Personally, I do not see what the big deal is, but I would not make a generalization like that.

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cat1bb1 bobbmydrummer April 30 2014 at 10:09 AM

BIGOT!! RACIST!!

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Eric Tyler April 30 2014 at 9:08 AM

First of all. his comments were racist and he shouldn't promote racism. However, property is still property in the United States and you run a very slippery legal slope when someone can take property away from you solely based upon the thoughts you convey in the privacy of your home. California is a two consent recording state making her audio recordings illegal and federal wire tapping (in California both parties must consent to being recorded). Is he scum and not a good human being absolutely. However, when private statements from your own home can dicate what you own or can't own that's a very bad slope to go down. Would then the African americans on the court who use the word, "******" to describe each other or who openly hate white people have to forefeit their salaries for such behavior. It's a two way street in America even if Obama is President.

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bgnewman3 April 30 2014 at 9:07 AM

Oh please. Emotional????
how dramatic

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nilosam April 30 2014 at 9:06 AM

All I can say is save your Dixie cups.

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zrsz1 April 30 2014 at 9:04 AM

screw these guys, get REAL jobs, I'm done with nba, pay ME 10 + mil a year and you treat me and call me anything you want,,i know,,it's about dignity, suck it up

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j.e. mackey sr. zrsz1 April 30 2014 at 2:04 PM

NO! you suck it up and shut-up...

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