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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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blo2thehead April 30 2014 at 9:36 AM

I'm so angry I could become racist.

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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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frankdlu April 30 2014 at 9:03 AM

YES...IT'S NOBODY'S BUSINESS BUT STERLING'S....EVERYBODY KNEW HE WAS A BIGOT AND THE CONVERSTION WAS PRIVATE....HE'S AN IDIOT FOR EVEN DATING A HALF BREED....BUT IT NONE OF ANYBODY'S BUSINESS. IF THE PLAYERS DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS LIKE THIS THEN SHAME ON THEM....

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orion15stars frankdlu April 30 2014 at 1:18 PM

Wow! Racism and sexism all in one paragraph of less than 75 words.

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH frankdlu April 30 2014 at 1:34 PM

Well put

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Randy April 30 2014 at 9:02 AM

Doesn't it seem kind of odd none of the main stream media coverage has identified Mr. Silver is a LIFE LONG DEMOCRAT and has made political contributions to ONLY those affiliated with the DEMOCRAT party - in fact he has donated to the NAACP and they were going to present him with one of their computer generated "award certificates".... wonder if Mr. Silver had been in any way affiliated with the Republican Party if his political affiliation would be kept out of the story?

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orion15stars Randy April 30 2014 at 12:34 PM

Mr. Silver is the head of the NBA commission banning racist Sterling by agreement of the commission.

Sterling gave "donations" for corporate tax write-offs and lip service mea culpas every time he opened his racist mouth, and needed a cover up because he got caught. It's all for show.

Get your head out of Rove's Orwellian black ops propaganda via Murdoch feeding your fear mongered neurotic paranoia. You demand everyone vote the same way as you, march in lock-step group think with your prejudicial mentality, and be as bigoted as you. That's called fascism.

You could not even keep the names straight in your bigoted rant.

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Tuhloola11 Randy April 30 2014 at 1:08 PM

Where did you get that misinformation ? From FOX ?? He's a card-carrying republicon, thru & thru !!!

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jerseyj08 April 30 2014 at 8:59 AM

So, Sterling is an 80 year old rich man with a vindictive, gold digger girlfriend and he was jealous of her hanging around with Magic Johnson and he says some terrible things. The thought police are ready to burn Sterling's house down with him in it. You cannot condemn a man what he says in private or even thinks..
The entire country is of late - is on some strange I AM AN OFFENDED VICTIM of hurtful words bonfire. His girlfriend really is an ugly woman, inside and out.

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orion15stars jerseyj08 April 30 2014 at 12:37 PM

You are just as vindictive as Sterling and obviously just as vindictively racist. No one has a guaranteed constitutional right to be a bigot. So sayeth the US Constitution via the Preamble, which is the introduction to the Bill of Rights for all in the US.

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