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The LA Clippers had a great night to celebrate an even greater day after the recent distraction of owner Donald Sterling’s racially-charged comments were put behind them.
DeAndre Jordan had a play-off career-high 25 points with 18 rebounds, leading the third-seeded Clippers to an emotional 113-103 home-court victory on Tuesday over the visiting sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors for a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference play-off series.
“We weren’t going to let outside distractions get into our locker room and we wanted to do this together for the coaches and our fans,” said Jordan.
“It’s definitely taken our whole family here to get us through it. But at the end of the day our job is to play basketball and compete for an NBA Championship.”
Hours earlier, NBA commissioner Adam Silver handed Sterling a lifetime league ban and fined him 2.5 million dollars for his bigoted comments in an audio conversation with his mistress for associating with blacks that was released over the weekend by celebrity gossip website TMZ.
The most severe punishment of an NBA owner was praised by all, even the Clippers organization which said in a statement, “We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision. Now the healing starts.”
Chris Paul scored 20, Jamal Crawford had 19 while Blake Griffin contributed 18 for the Clippers, who were inspired by a boisterous crowd in the sold out Staples Center for a near wire-to-wire win.
“CP (Chris Paul) said he walked out into the arena it almost brought tears to his eyes and I got chills when I walked out there,” Crawford said. “To see the support, the emotion, the genuineness.”
Klay Thompson topped the Warriors with 21 points, David Lee and Andre Iguodala had 18 piece while Stephen Curry finished with 17.
After the Warriors pulled to within 95-88 with 5 minutes 12 seconds left to play, Jackson began to foul the poor-shooting Jordan, who hit just 42 per cent from the stripe in the regular-season. But Jordan spoiled the strategy knocking down six-of-eight, as the Clippers opened up a 105-95 cushion with 1:39 remaining and wrapped up the pivotal victory.
We weren’t going to let outside distractions get into our locker room and we wanted to do this together for the coaches and our fans