Round 1, Game #5 | April 29, 2014
Staples Center | Los Angeles, CA

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LOS ANGELES – Everything you needed to know about Game 5 and how the Clippers would react to Commissioner Adam Silver’s ruling earlier in the day was discovered within minutes of taking the floor.

With the phrase “We Are One” scattered about Staples Center, including ringing the façade between the second and third deck of suites, the sellout crowd gave Head Coach Doc Rivers a standing ovation as he walked out of the home tunnel.

Minutes later, after DeAndre Jordan ripped a rebound away from Draymond Green and threw him to the floor, the Clippers big man turned to the crowd and emphatically swung his arms, screamed and began clapping furiously.

The energy was back. And so was the Clippers team that snatched a lead in the series less than a week ago.

And on Tuesday night in one of the most monumental games in recent NBA history, the Clippers snatched it back, defeating the Golden State Warriors, 113-103, and moving a game away from advancing to the second round of the Playoffs for the second time in three years.

They earned a 3-2 series lead behind a raucous crowd that chanted “We Are One” in unison and heckled the Warriors. It was loud. It was emotional. And the Clippers fed off it.

“I thought [the players] were great,” Rivers said. “I was really proud of them. I thought you could see them getting tired from all the emotional baggage over the last four days.”

Jordan had four dunks in the first quarter, overcoming the emotional baggage and subpar Game 4 for arguably the best game of his six-year career. He finished with 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots. It matched the most points he’s scored in his career and marked his third double-double of the postseason.

“I’ve never seen him play a game like that,” Blake Griffin said.

But on a night when the theme was unity, the Clippers got a community’s effort from their roster. Chris Paul had 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals, and made two key 3-pointers in the last 1:33 of the third quarter after the Warriors briefly took a 70-69 lead on a Stephen Curry shot from beyond the arc.

“You think about Steph making the three, we go up one,” Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. “Chris Paul makes a huge shot on the way down and they score again and they don’t look back.”

Griffin, who started 2-for-10 from the field and was forced to the bench with four fouls in the third quarter, had 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He made his last four shots, including a pair of fade-away jumpers over Green that helped the Clippers reaffirm control midway through the fourth quarter.

Darren Collison scored 15 points. Jamal Crawford had 19 points. Both reserves played big minutes down the stretch and Crawford drained a pull-up jumper with 32 seconds to go that gave the Clippers an eight-point lead.

Crawford’s shot led to a Warriors timeout and earned another wild ovation from the home crowd, who were mostly dressed in black in tribute to the team. They gave another booming ovation as the final buzzer sounded and the Clippers gathered near the free throw line in front of their bench and Jay-Z’s “On to the Next One” blaring overhead, somewhat drowned out.

J.J. Redick, who scored eight points in 28:04 for the Clippers, thought the crowd played a significant role in the game.

“You hate for something like this to happen to kind of bring people together and unite, but it was cool to see our fans do that,” Redick said. “Much respect to them for supporting us, supporting their team, supporting their players, our organization and all the amazing people that work in our organization.”

NOTES

Prior to the game the message “The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it” was displayed on the video board as the house lights went out in the arena... There was a moment of silence for former Buffalo Braves head coach Dr. Jack Ramsay who passed away Monday morning… Hedo Turkoglu left the game with 7:47 left in the third quarter due to a lower back contusion. He did not return… Reverend Jesse Jackson was among those in attendance… Jordan was intentionally fouled twice in the fourth quarter and went 3-for-4 from the line. He shot 9-for-17 overall from the free throw line… Curry had 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting with four assists and eight of the Warriors’ 14 turnovers… The Clippers were 31-of-41 from the free throw line compared to 13-of-19 for Golden State… Jordan has had at least four blocks in four of the five games in the series…

QUOTES

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Players response tonight
―I thought they were great. I was really proud of them. I thought they were tired a lot tonight—I thought you could see that, like Blake [Griffin] and DeAndre [Jordan]. I thought you could see them getting tired [a lot], from all the emotional baggage over the last four days. I had one time out left in the entire 4th quarter, and I was just using them to give guys a blow. They just needed it. I just thought they had great mental toughness tonight, and really wanted to win the game, and I thought tonight they did that, so I was really proud of them.

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Play of DeAndre Jordan in Game 4 versus Game 5
―He‘s young, you know? I have a young team for that matter. I though DJ [DeAndre Jordan] and a bunch of them, they just got caught up in it up in Golden State. I mean they had raw emotions going in to that game, and we just didn‘t handle it very well. I don‘t blame them. I was really happy for him. He texted me right after we got back to LA and said, ̳that wasn‘t me, and I will be back.‘ I didn‘t know he meant that. I‘m going to make sure he texts me tonight.

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Enthusiasm of fans
―They were awesome, I mean that‘s as good as I‘ve ever seen them. They‘re unbelievable. The Mayor [Eric Garcetti] I thought really set a good tone this morning, when he spoke, saying today, it‘s about LA. I thought the city responded to that, so I thought that was very important that he said that. I thought Adam [Silver] set the tone as well for us today, and you keep learning. I think everybody—you‘d think it was just the players, but it was the fans too. Everybody was going through this. It‘s almost like everybody wanted to exhale tonight, and it was good.

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Development of DeAndre Jordan
―I just believe whether he [DeAndre Jordan] was making them or not, he‘s so valuable for us, rebounding and defending, that he was going to be on the floor. So I guess it was some for confidence but it was more to let him know whether you‘re making them or missing them, you‘re going to be on the floor—so you‘d better make them. I thought he needed to hear that.

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Blake Griffin’s mental struggle
―Because he was struggling in the game, and in foul trouble, it resembled Game 1 a lot, but this time he came in and wasn‘t passive at all. And that‘s all we told him—go in and be aggressive. And I thought he did it on both ends, too, which is very important. Very happy for him.

CLIPPERS HEAD COACH DOC RIVERS


RE: Focusing in on basketball talk
―I hope so, I doubt it. Let‘s just be honest. I think this is going to last for a couple more days, and we have to go there now. It‘s going to be brought up all over again. But I think like Adam [Silver] and we said, the healing process has started. And so we‘re going to keep growing and getting away from this, and that‘s

good. I can‘t wait to talk about just basketball. I would like to say one thing really quick. This whole thing has overshadowed the passing of Jack Ramsey, to me. I think that‘s a shame, because he meant so much for the game. He meant a ton to coaches, meant a ton to me, and I hope he gets his due, because he gave the game everything—his whole life, really. Unfortunately because we‘ve been talking about all this, I don‘t think we‘ve talked about Jack enough.

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL


RE: Effect of Adam Silver’s announcement on team
―I think it put a lot of guys in that locker rooms minds at ease. It definitely has been tough the last few days, but we‘ve been getting through it.

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL


RE: Effect of recent events on the relationship between league office and players union
―I said this since day one, Adam Silver has been amazing. Even before the situation, just the communication us players, the union, Adam Silver and the league office have had in the past, he‘s given us a lot of input, and that‘s the way it should be. It‘s not about us versus them, I think we have an opportunity to be partners in everything that we do moving forward, and Adam [Silver] is the right man for the job.

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL


RE: Role as president of players union in this situation
―It‘s been tough, but luckily Mayor Kevin Johnson has been amazing through this entire thing in being a leader and being out front. He‘s given me the opportunity to just go out and play, and worry about our locker room. It‘s amazing the unity our league has shown through this tough time. It‘s a great day.

CLIPPERS GUARD CHRIS PAUL


RE: Emotional fatigue tonight
―We felt it at the beginning. Me and Jamal Crawford talked about it just now in the locker room how when we ran out for warm-ups, it was one of the most emotional things I think I‘ve ever been a part of. We have a tough locker room, all of us are tough, but it almost brought tears to your eyes just to feel the support from our fans. Seriously, it was amazing running out for warm-ups, to see people lined up, to see our fans, because in Golden State I said I wasn‘t sure what we would come back to. It was emotional, it was very emotional, and I can‘t say enough to all the fans that came out and supported us.

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN


RE: Thought’s on the Commissioner’s decision
―Honestly I thought the Commissioner and the NBA was going to take some action. I honestly didn‘t think it was going to be as big as it was but I think that it definitely made sense and I think it was the right thing to do.

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN


RE: Doc Rivers’ leadership and guidance
―I think that it [has] definitely affected him, but he did great with us. We actually found out like a little bit before it broke so we we‘re kind of prepared from that standpoint but I don‘t think any of us really knew how big that this was going to be just because we didn‘t really know the magnitude, we haven‘t really heard anything. Then after it did break, we had our team meeting kind of decided what we wanted to do,

you know, we let him [Doc Rivers] speak for us and I thought he did a great job with that, both days or however many days, we didn‘t really speak of it but I think it definitely has affected him, it‘s hard not to affect anybody really.

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN


RE: Overall feelings of the Commissioner’s decision
―I don‘t know if the setting was right. At the end of the shoot around [Doc Rivers] kind of brought us in the film room and told us. The clapping and all that never really crossed my mind. It was more of a wow, kind of a sigh of relief almost, a collected sigh of relief as a team. Just like, we don‘t have to deal with everybody honestly about all of this; we can just go play. I think, like I said, I think it was the right thing to do.

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN


RE: DeAndre Jordan leading the emotional charge in the game
―I mean he was huge tonight, I never seen him play a game like that. He was from start to finish, offensively and defensively, he was great. When he plays like that, it takes out team to another level.

CLIPPERS FORWARD BLAKE GRIFFIN


RE: Overall thoughts of tonight’s win
―It was huge. We said that, right before the game in the huddle, all of this means nothing; all the great fan support that we had, everybody rallying behind us and it was amazing how the crowd was tonight [but] all that means nothing really if we come out and lose. So I thought we did a great job of locking it in and doing what we‘re supposed to do.

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD


RE: Commissioner Adam Silver’s announcement
―[We learned of Commissioner Silver‘s decision] after we got out of shootaround. We were locked in the whole shootaround. Our focus was on the Warriors, so nobody was in front of the TV or anything. When we came out, we heard the news.

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD


RE: Difference in tonight’s game
―Well, we have a lot of key players. Guys step up and we play for each other. Obviously, Blake [Griffin] missed some easy shots, but we tell him to keep going. He‘s been an MVP level player all season long. He got on track. I thought D.J. [DeAndre Jordan] was huge tonight, and Chris [Paul] with his leadership. We all chipped in.

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD


RE: Keys to winning Game 6 in Golden State
―Lock in. I think having closure, we can all move forward. Staying locked in and staying in the moment [gives us the best chance to win]. We know it‘s going to be rowdy up there. We know it‘s going to be tough, and we‘re going to give it our best shot. We know the fourth game is always the hardest, but I think we‘ll be ok.

CLIPPERS GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD


RE: Commissioner Adam Silver’s announcement
―I applaud Commissioner Silver. That‘s a tough job for anybody, but for him being new on the job, to step in and make a decision like that. I think he had all of his bases covered. He said he was going to do due diligence and due process. He did that, he made his decision, and we all support it.

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK


RE: Staying focused over past few days
―I think our team showed some great mental toughness. It‘s crazy to me to think that a team as good as Golden State didn‘t get our full attention for three days, and that‘s human nature, but we were distracted [for Game 4]. You could tell tonight. We had a great crowd. We were locked in. We were focused, and it was still a battle. They‘re a great basketball team, and it‘s going to be tough to close them out.

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK


RE: Commissioner Silver’s announcement
―I think when you wake up in the morning, the thought process is always, ̳I‘m going to play tonight.‘ I think our guys had that. We weren‘t sure what was going to happen with [Commissioner] Adam [Silver], what the NBA was going to decide to do. Once that happened, as we were finishing up with our film session this morning, I think everybody kind of breathed a sigh of relief. [We will] move on as best we can, I guess. It‘ll still be an issue, we know that, but it was about playing basketball tonight.

CLIPPERS GUARD J.J. REDICK


RE: Keys to winning Game 6 on the road
―It would be ideal to not come back here for Game 7. Obviously, the pressure is on them, and they‘re fighting for their season right now. So, we‘re going to have to play our best basketball of the season. Bottom line, for us to win up there, in front of that crowd, against a great basketball team, we‘re going to have to play our best. We know that, and hopefully, that‘s what we bring up there.

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES


RE: Crowd energy
―The crowd was amazing, and we just really want to give a special thanks for our fans, standing behind the players. It‘s a tough situation to be in, for us, for the fans, for the world; but, they showed their spirit tonight, and we needed every ounce of their support tonight.

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES


RE: Play of DeAndre Jordan
―[He‘s] amazing. I talk to D.J. [DeAndre Jordan] every game. When he plays like a monster in the middle, there‘s no one in the world that can beat us.

CLIPPERS FORWARD MATT BARNES


RE: Team defense
―It was better tonight. Steph[en] Curry had eight turnovers. He still hit some threes; Klay [Thompson] hit some threes. But, I think we were a lot more active getting around picks, the bigs being up on picks, and then us cracking back and taking the rollers out. So I think overall, our defense was pretty good.

WARRIORS HEAD COACH MARK JACKSON


RE: Performance of DeAndre Jordan
―Give [DeAndre Jordan] credit, he had a great game. We let go of the rope a little bit. We had a couple of mistakes game-plan-discipline wise. He hurt us at the rim; he hurt us on second-shot opportunities. [He] had a big night. Some of it had to do with him and some of it had to do with our breakdowns.

WARRIORS HEAD COACH MARK JACKSON


RE: Struggles of Stephen Curry
―[Stephen Curry] knows that he‘s got to be better. Tonight he turned the ball over obviously a little too much. They did a good job being active in their pick-and-roll defense. The other night he executed; he was aggressive. Tonight at times he tried to thread the needle a bit too much. We‘ll make the adjustments and move forward, but I feel good about Steph[en] Curry and what he‘s going to do.

WARRIORS HEAD COACH MARK JACKSON


RE: Positives from tonight’s loss
―When I look at the positives, I look at the things that we did wrong, that if we take care of, we‘ll be in great position moving forward. We‘ve got to take care of basketball. The breakdowns. Down five at halftime, we missed six free throws and we probably gave away 10 points in the first half on our game- plan discipline breakdowns. So I liked where we were at. You think about Steph[en] Curry making a three, we go up one, 70-69, Chris Paul makes a huge shot on the way down and they score again and they don‘t look back. It‘s just the mistakes that we made. So the positives I look at is that if we tighten up the mistakes that we made, we‘re like the Clippers – we are one. One game away, one win away from forcing Game 7.

 

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