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Published: Wednesday, 4/30/2014 - Updated: 3 months ago

NBA PLAYOFF ROUNDUP

Jordan delivers monster game in poignant Clippers performance

Grizzlies win over Thunder in record 4th OT; Wizards move to 2nd round

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Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half. Jordan was the Clippers leading scorer, rebounder. Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half. Jordan was the Clippers leading scorer, rebounder.
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LOS ANGELES — 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.

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.

Players from both teams wore black socks.

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.

Memphis Grizzlies forward Mike Miller (13) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) in overtime of Game 5. Miller scored 21. Memphis Grizzlies forward Mike Miller (13) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) in overtime of Game 5. Miller scored 21.
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Grizzlies hold off Thunder 100-99 in OT

OKLAHOMA CITY — Mike Miller scored 21 points and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99 in a record fourth straight overtime game Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.

Oklahoma City rebounded a missed 3-point attempt by Miller and called a timeout, trailing 100-99 with 2.9 seconds remaining. Kevin Durant of the Thunder missed a long 3-point attempt and teammate Serge Ibaka tipped the ball in on the rebound. The shot was reviewed and it was determined that it was released after the buzzer, ending the game.

Zach Randolph added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who will host Game 6 on Thursday.

Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City trailed by 20 points in the third quarter but trimmed its deficit to six by the start of the fourth quarter and finally took a 79-78 lead on a 3-pointer by Durant.

Memphis maintained its composure. Consecutive baskets by Mike Conley put the Grizzlies up 87-82 with just under 4 minutes to play.

Oklahoma City’s Caron Butler was fouled by Randolph as he hit a 3-pointer with 2:40 to play. He made the free throw to cut Memphis’ lead to 87-86.

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, back left, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) defends during the fourth quarter. Ibaka's game-winning put-back was waived off after officials determined it came after the buzzer. Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, back left, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) defends during the fourth quarter. Ibaka's game-winning put-back was waived off after officials determined it came after the buzzer.
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Oklahoma City, trailing 89-88, had a chance to take the lead in the final minute of regulation, but Durant was stripped, and the ball was stolen by Conley. Tony Allen made the first free throw with 30 seconds left. He missed the second, but Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies got the rebound with 20.3 seconds to play.

Conley was stripped by Westbrook, and Westbrook dunked with 4 seconds left to tie the game at 90. Memphis didn’t get a shot off in time at the end of regulation and the teams went to overtime for a record fourth straight game.

NOTES: The Grizzlies wore their warmups inside out and the Thunder wore black socks and shoes in protest of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s incendiary racial remarks. ... The Grizzlies shot 60 percent from the field in the first quarter to lead 30-25. ... Oklahoma City made 6 of 9 3-point attempts in the first half, but just 9 of 34 shots inside the arc. ... Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins attended the game.

Wizards eliminate Bulls with 75-69 victory

CHICAGO — John Wall finished with 24 points, Nene scored 20, and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 75-69 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round series in five games.

Bradley Beal scored 17 points, and the fifth-seeded Wizards advanced in the postseason for just the third time since the 1970s. They will meet Indiana or Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

It’s a huge step for a franchise that hadn’t been to the postseason since 2008, but with Wall and Beal leading the way, they won 44 games during the regular season.

The Wizards turned a halftime tie into a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and hung on down the stretch.

Chicago’s comeback chances took a big hit early in the final quarter when Taj Gibson crumbled to the court clutching his left ankle after he tried to block a layup by Wall with the Wizards up by six points. He had to be helped off the court and did not return.



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