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    NBA playoffs

    Clippers show focus, get victory

    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.

    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.


    Jamal Crawford scored 19 points for the Clippers while Blake Griffin had 18 and Darren Collison 15.

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    Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 21 points. David Lee and Andre Iguodala scored 18 apiece while Stephen Curry had a so-so game with 17 points.

    Griffin scored 8 points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter.

    With the Clippers leading by 3 points, Griffin scored two quick baskets to make it 83-78. He made a turnaround jumper to push the lead to 90-81 with seven minutes to go.

    Grizzlies 100, Thunder 99 — Mike Miller scored 21 points and visiting Memphis held off Oklahoma City in a record fourth straight overtime game to take a 3-2 lead in their 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 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 it was released after the buzzer.

    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 6 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 four minutes to play.


    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.

    Up 2, Conley was stripped by Westbrook, who tied the game with a dunk with four seconds left.

    Wizards 75, Bulls 69 — John Wall finished with 24 points, Nene scored 20, and visiting Washington eliminated Chicago in five games.

    Bradley Beal scored 17 points, and the fifth-seeded Wizards advanced for just the third time since the 1970s.

    The Wizards turned a halftime tie into a 9-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 clutching his left ankle after he tried to block a layup by Wall. He had to be helped off the court and did not return.