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NBA: Strong action against Sterling, including life ban and fine, spurs Clippers

Published on Apr 30, 2014 5:18 PM
Chris Paul (left) and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers shake hands as they come out of a time out against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the Western Conference quarter-finals during the 2014 NBA Play-offs at Staples Centre, on April 29, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Los Angeles Clippers, buoyed by the National Basketball Association's tough action against owner Donald Sterling, beat Golden State on Tuesday to grab the lead in their first-round play-off series.

Clippers coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers said the controversy that erupted over racially charged remarks by Sterling, which became public at the weekend, had left his players drained.

But with the rapturous support of home fans, they came through for a 113-103 triumph over the Warriors that gave them a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference series. "I was really proud of them," Rivers said. "I thought you could see them getting tired from all the emotional baggage over the last four days."

DeAndre Jordan scored 25 points and pulled down 18 rebounds for the Clippers. Blake Griffin added 18 points and seven rebounds, while Chris Paul finished with 20 points and seven assists.

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