Denver Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 107-100 to take their series to a Game 6 while the Memphis Grizzlies topped the LA Clippers 103-92 to take a 3-2 series lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The Clippers, who led the series 2-1 at one stage, now stand on the brink of elimination following a home defeat to the Grizzlies.
Despite a playoff career-high 35 points from Chris Paul, the Clippers slipped to the heavy loss as Zach Randolph dominated the fourth quarter in the absence of Blake Griffin, who had played on with a high ankle sprain.
The Clippers forward picked up the problem in practice on Monday, and suffered as the game dragged on.
Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the final quarter to see the Grizzlies home. Guard Mike Conley added 20 points, and the Grizzlies now have the opportunity to wrap up the series at home on Friday night.
In Denver, the Nuggets won a crucial Game 5 to make it 3-2 in the Golden State Warriors favour.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson accused the Nuggets of deliberately targeting star shooter Stephen Curry, and the Davidson graduate endured his worst shooting night of the series so far, going one for seven from three-point range and racking up just 15 points.
Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala top scored with 25 points, forcing a Game 6 on Thursday night at the Oracle Arena.
Both the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs have already progressed to the next round, beating the Milwaukee Bucks and LA Lakers respectively in 4-0 series sweeps.
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