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Clippers play like a team unburdened, take 3-2 series lead with win over Warriors

Apr 30, 2014, 2:57 AM EDT

In Game 4 the Clippers were clearly distracted. They looked drained.

In Game 5 Tuesday night they played like a team unchained.

With a bounce back in their step and a supportive home crowd giving them a standing ovation when they ran out for warm ups in the wake of the fiasco with owner Donald Sterling, the Clippers played with a renewed energy. That meant they raced out to an early lead, that the Clipper front line finally dominated the undersized Warriors up front, and when they needed an answer they had for all the Warriors runs to challenge.

The result was a 113-103 Clippers win and Los Angeles now leads the series 3-2. Game 6 is Thursday night in Golden State.

DeAndre Jordan finally made the Warriors pay for going small — Jordan had 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting, pulled won 18 rebounds blocked four shots, and when the Warriors tried to go to “hack-the-DJ” (sung to The Smith’s “Panic”) he knocked down his shots and they had to go away from it.

Chris Paul added 20 points and 7 assists, Blake Griffin had 18 points (included some ridiculous fade-away jumpers).

The focused Clippers were also back to the “don’t let Stephen Curry” beat us mode that served them well in the early games of the series — defenders forced him to give up the ball and Curry finished with 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The Warriors responded with balance — Klay Thompson had 20 points, David Lee and Andre Iguodala each had 18.

Early in the game the Clippers rode the wave of emotion from a great crowd to an 11 point lead, then for the rest of the game it seemed like the Warriors would make a little run and the Clippers would answer.

One of those third quarter runs actually got the Warriors a one-point lead. But this was going to be the Clippers’ night. Los Angeles made a 12-6 run late in the third to take a comfortable lead and Golden State never got within three the rest of the way.

All this sets up what should be a fascinating Game 6 Thursday night. About all we can predict out of this series is Donald Sterling will not be in attendance.

  1. whitwarren - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    I’m a huge thunder fan… But if we end up not winning the finals, I’d be happy if it was the clips who take it… just too piss off sterling. He deserves to watch the clips win their first championship from home and not be able to celebrate on site.

    • packergator - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      They’re as likely to come out of the West as anyone; I can’t figure out that conference anymore.

  2. ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    Had a couple of people paying up last night lol. They should’ve known better

  3. bougin89 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    The defensive rotations on Steph Curry by the Clippers defense were a thing of beauty. Credit Doc for that. They were ready to play even through all the drama of yesterday/this week.

  4. asimonetti88 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    “Game 6 is Thursday night in Golden State.”

    I don’t know why but I got a chuckle out of this. I know what you mean, but both teams play in California.

  5. madashell2014 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Fake preacher Marc Jackson tried everything in his power to steal last nights game. Calling all fans to “make a statement” and not show up. Really? Advantage Warriors??! Thats punishing the Clippers who deserve and earned the right to go as far in the playoffs as they can. Of course the Clipper fans want to support their team. How would he feel if this had happened to his Warrior team and their fans?? GO CLIPS!!

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