After a dramatic last few days the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors were able to put aside all of the issues and get back to the business of basketball. Both teams were riding tremendous emotional highs, but the Clippers just had the edge from the opening tip while the Warriors caught the “turnover bug”. The Clippers were able to pound the interior and take advantage of the countless Warriors miscues for the game five victory, 113-103.
The Clippers were led by a tremendous performance from center DeAndre Jordan who absolutely dominated the interior of the Warriors. Jordan ended the contest with 25 points and 18 rebounds on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. Chris Paul had another solid performance with 18 points and seven assists, while hitting several clutch three-pointers.
The Warriors just did not have the standout performance from All-Star Stephen Curry on Tuesday night as he was bottled up on every possession and was only able to score 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor. Klay Thompson led the Warriors offensive attack with 21 points in the losing effort.
The game was a slugfest in the beginning with both teams having star players in foul trouble in the first quarter. Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin started off slow and had to hit the bench because of foul trouble. Warriors defensive stopper Draymond Green had two early fouls in the first three minutes of the game and had to take a seat.
The Clippers were able to take advantage of the size difference between DeAndre Jordan and David Lee and just pounded the paint with the pick and roll. The Clippers were able to increase their advantage, and at one point held a 13-point lead over the Warriors.
Just as they have all season, the Warriors would not fold up their tent and began their comeback. The Warriors were able to fight back and, with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, took their first lead since the first quarter at 70-69 on a Curry jumper from the outside.
The lead was short lived as Paul hit a step back jumper from beyond the arc, and the Clippers wouldn’t relinquish their lead for the rest of the game.
The Clippers would dominate the fourth quarter, as Jordan and Paul just would not be denied. Jordan hit a few clutch free-throws at the end, including a “bank shot” free-throw that sealed the victory.
The Warriors will return home to try to keep their season alive in Game six on Thursday night at 7:30pm.
Notes: Both players played the game in black socks as a sign of solidarity…. This would be the third playoff series victory for the Clippers since 1981…. Warriors Center Andrew Bogut is still sidelined indefinitely with fractured ribs.