The Clippers latched on to their impromptu "We Are One" slogan and beat the Golden State Warriors, 113-103, on the day their owner, Donald Sterling, was barred for life from the NBA for making statements about blacks on an audio recording that surfaced last week.
Jordan had a double-double in the first half and finished with 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots at Staples Center. The Clippers can end the series Thursday in Game 6 at Golden State.
Griffin had 18 points, but missed almost all of the third quarter because of foul trouble. Paul didn't shoot well, making six of 17 attempts, and had 20 points. He also added seven assists, six rebounds and five steals.
The Clippers led by five going through three quarters but Griffin made two stellar fadeaway shots to push them to a nine-point lead near the midpoint of the fourth. They were never threatened after that.
Fans wore a litany of anti-Sterling T-shirts and displayed anti-racism signs that were continually shown on the scoreboard. They also chanted "We Are One" during a fourth-quarter timeout, with prodding from the public-address announcer.
The Warriors tried to get back into the game by fouling Jordan on purpose but he made three of four from the line after Golden State started employing the tactic with 5:08 to play.
Klay Thompson had 21 points for the Warriors. David Lee and Andre Iguodala each had 18.
Source: LA Times By Mike Bresnahan