Clippers end emotional day with Game 5 victory
Hours after the NBA banned owner Donald Sterling for life, L.A. scores a big playoff win over Golden State.
On an exceptional, emotional night, the Los Angeles Clippers returned to their ”safe haven” and moved to the brink of winning just their third playoff series since Donald Sterling bought the team in 1981.
Sterling wasn’t there to witness the 113-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, and he won’t be at future games.
The Clippers’ stirring victory at energized Staples Center came hours after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and called on NBA owners to force him to sell the team for making racist comments.
DeAndre Jordan had 25 points, a playoff career high, and 18 rebounds while Chris Paul scored 20 points as the Clippers took a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.
”I think it put a lot of guys’ minds at ease,” Paul said. ”It’s been tough the last few days, but we’ve been getting through it.”