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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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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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bifurcate6 April 30 2014 at 8:44 AM

This guy reminds me of the 1800s Southern plantation owner. He wants the best slaves to make him money but not want them in his house. Good riddance, although let he who has not said these things, black or white, cast the first stone. We are all guilty of such things but are not in his position of ownership. Discrimination and reverse discrimination are equally wrong. Amen

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ddddlll36 April 30 2014 at 8:43 AM

Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Doc Rivers and other Black Men feel the same way about Black Women as Sterling does about all Black People.

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kate April 30 2014 at 8:43 AM

We should pray about this. I'm calling Rev Wright. Oh...wait...never mind.

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nubographic kate April 30 2014 at 9:11 AM


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LINDA BATTLE kate April 30 2014 at 10:57 AM

Pathetic comment.

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Good morning April 30 2014 at 8:41 AM

A private conversation should remain just that

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Raven's Nest Good morning April 30 2014 at 9:10 AM

It was her, "property," to with as she wished. Sterling's fault for getting involved with an apparently well known gold digger. Had he kept his fly zipped and his wick dry, none of this would have come up. To say nothing of him taking up with a mistress. Reaped what he sowed!

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LINDA BATTLE Good morning April 30 2014 at 10:58 AM

not if youare a public figure. Duh

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blackopsg3 April 30 2014 at 8:41 AM

I'm listening to Public Enemy their music was true then and its still true today " don't believe the hype"

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Michele April 30 2014 at 8:39 AM

Mr. Sterlings comments were egregious and frankly he seems like a completely tacky, classless kind of guy. That said whatever you or I think about his views, he has the right to hold those views and expect someone he had SOME kind of relationship with to respect his privacy. Not for one minute do I believe that she did NOT do this for money. Furthermore, it is actually illegal to tape someone's calls without their knowledge. He has the money to destroy her. She deserves no better than she gave him. Lastly, ALL these African Americans - celebrities, athletes, politicians - are up in arms over this BUT when was the last time they voiced their outrage of the violence, the gangs, fatherless babies, the black on black deaths in the black cities nationwide? Where was the black outrage after the horrific gang violence in Chicago over the Easter Weekend? Where was Al Sharpton, and Oprah and Jay-Z when the young black kid got shot through the eye, by a black teen gang member?

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blackopsg3 April 30 2014 at 8:36 AM

to a few this is a small victory but you can't trust it, as long as the plantation owners are running things. Sterling I can only guess years ago he would have been a ships captain 400 plus years we all see the little monster in the room is this there hate!

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Raven's Nest blackopsg3 April 30 2014 at 8:56 AM

Unfortunately, you are correct. :(

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The Boss blackopsg3 April 30 2014 at 1:27 PM

Obama owns a plantation??!! What does he sow? That is, besides racism.....

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usreb April 30 2014 at 8:33 AM

Adolf Hitler is alive and doing well in washington. Freedom of speech is gone, freedom of choice and the right to vote for anyone but the 2 party gang system is gone due to a controlled press. As for Donald Sterling in a country run buy people that make the third Reich look like school boys you and all the rich better get your money out of the US before the 2 gang factions the democrats and republicans take it away and call it taxes. What ever happened to the slogan I don't agree with what you say but will defend your right to say it.

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Raven's Nest usreb April 30 2014 at 8:59 AM

WHEN are you, "victims," going to understand that there is no, "Freedom of speech...," in the private sector. Read the Constitution! FOS ONLY APPLIES TO, "OUR," GUMMINT!

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Raven's Nest usreb April 30 2014 at 9:01 AM

Adolph Hitler? Now, THAT is racist and bigoted!

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