In the wake of the announcement that Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA and would be fined $2.5 million for his racist comments, the Clippers took down the Golden State Warriors 113-103 in game 5 of the first round playoff series to take a 3-2 lead.
DeAndre Jordan was absolutely fantastic for the Clippers. He finished with 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks and was clearly the best player on the court Tuesday night.
Chris Paul added 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Feeding off the emotion of the crowd, the Clippers got off to a fantastic start, taking a 31-21 lead after the first quarter. The Warriors cut it to five at the break. The Warriors were able to take a 70-69 lead during the third quarter but the Clippers went on a 10-4 run and the Warriors never got closer than three again.
Blake Griffin poured in 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists and the Clippers got a big contribution from the bench with Jamal Crawford scoring 19 points and Darren Collison finishing with 15.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists while David Lee and Andre Iguodala scored 18 points apiece. Stephen Curry was limited to 17 points on five-of-10 shooting.
Game 6 is Thursday at 10:30 pm EST at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California and the game is on TNT.