The Clippers have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons for the past couple of days, but, after a telling defeat to Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, the LA team bounced back in style to secure a 113-103 win at The Staples Centre Tuesday night.
The team pulled together and the fans had their say with many bringing signs to show their emotions about the events that have taken place in the last few days.
"I think it put a lot of guys' minds at ease. It's been tough the last few days, but we've been getting through it."
Paul had a contributing game collecting 20 points and assisting seven.
However, Steph Curry, who had a phenomenal match in game 4, stated that his companions got caught up in the emotion, and needed to remember it was another game.
"We have to figure out how to control the paint and can't let them get off to a big start. We knew they would come out with a lot of emotion but after the first quarter it felt like a regular playoff game."
The game started off with the crowd giving the Clippers' players a standing ovation, as fans were holding up signs indicating the club "are one", and this worked wonders as LA won the first quarter 31-21.
DeAndre Jordan hit 100% of his field goal attempts on route to scoring his ten points, with Blake Griffin adding six and Darren Collison scoring five.
The Warriors knew it was time to step up to the plate, and they secured the second quarter 29-24 - David Lee scoring six, while Klay Thompson recorded five.
Going in at half-time Doc Rivers and the Clippers however held a slender five point lead at 55-50.
The third saw a tie as both teams scored 22 points to express how tight this series has been so far. Chris Paul recorded ten points playing the whole quarter, while Curry and Thompson both hit five for Mark Jackson's team.
Heading into the fourth the Clippers still had a lead at 77-72, but the Warriors knew anything was possible in this game.
But with the Clippers' fans all standing together as one and cheering on the LA players, Rivers' team showed good resilience to secure victory with a 36-31 win in the fourth.
Jamal Crawford hit 11 for the hosts, while Blake Griffin featured for the whole 12 minutes and scored eight points.
Thompson and Andre Iguodala both recorded seven.
The Clippers will head into Friday night's Game Six buoyed by their on-court display, and the off court decision to ban Sterling. The Warriors meanwhile will hope to bounce back at the Staples Center.
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