Los Angeles wins series 4-3 (Game 4 of 7)

Los Angeles wins series 4-3

Game 1: Saturday, April 19th
Game 2: Monday, April 21st
Game 3: Thursday, April 24th
Game 4: Sunday, April 27th
Game 5: Tuesday, April 29th
Game 6: Thursday, May 1st
Game 7: Saturday, May 3rd

Clippers 97

(57-25, 23-18 away)

Warriors 118

(51-31, 27-14 home)

    Coverage: ABC

    3:30 PM ET, April 27, 2014

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 24 24 23 2697
    GS 39 27 23 29118

    Top Performers

    LAC: B. Griffin 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    GS: S. Curry 33 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Clippers-Warriors Preview

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers would prefer to be talking about how well Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have played against the Golden State Warriors. Or how his team has defended Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Or just about anything that has happened on the court in the first-round playoff series.

    Instead, Rivers and his players spent Saturday talking about how they would respond to an audio recording of a man identified as Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.

    "The fact that I had to spend 45 minutes in a meeting instead of watching film did not make me happy," Rivers said.

    Whether the comments -- which drew sharp criticism and calls for action from around the NBA -- affect the Clippers in Game 4 against the Warriors is all that worries Rivers right now. Los Angeles leads the series 2-1 and has looked every bit like a championship contender in winning the past two games.

    Chasing a title is the reason Rivers said players decided against protesting or even boycotting the game. They want to win for each other, he said, and not for Sterling or anyone else.

    "For me, I want to focus on my guys. I came here for them. They came here for each other. Our goals have not changed," Rivers said passionately after the Clippers' practice at the University of San Francisco. "It's like one of the players said, `Hey, when I was a kid, I had a goal to win a world championship. It was to do that. It wasn't to win a world championship for someone.'"

    Chris Paul released a statement through the players' union that said "this is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively." Paul and Griffin declined further comment after practice. Other players were not made available as Rivers said he'd speak for the team.

    "A lot of guys voiced their opinions. None of them were happy about it," Rivers said. "This was a situation where we're trying to go after something very important for us, something that we've all dreamed about all our childhoods. Donald or anyone else had nothing to do with that dream, and we're not going to let anything get in the way of those dreams."

    Sterling, a real estate owner who has a long history of alleged discrimination and offensive behavior, made his team the center of NBA attention for all the wrong reasons.

    In a recording posted on TMZ's website, a man reported to be Sterling questions his girlfriend's association with minorities. Clippers President Andy Roeser said in a statement that the team did not know if the tape is legitimate or has been altered.

    Roeser also said the views expressed on the recording do not reflect Sterling's beliefs and that the woman on the tape -- identified by TMZ as V. Stiviano -- "is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would 'get even.'"

    Sterling has not commented on the situation.

    Rivers and his players faced more than 50 reporters at practice Saturday. A day earlier, only about a dozen were at the team's hotel for the interview session.

    All that the hoopla meant for the Clippers as a team, Rivers said, was one monumental "distraction" before its biggest game of the season.

    Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who played for the Clippers from 1992-94, said "there's no place" for Sterling's alleged remarks but his team would remain focused on the game. His players echoed those sentiments, saying they wouldn't be deterred by one man's beliefs -- no matter how offensive.

    Rivers also said the audio recording would not serve as added motivation.

    "We're playing Golden State, and Golden State is our enemy right now," he said. "That's where we're going to keep it, and that's where we want to keep it."

    The Clippers have won the last two games to take a 2-1 series lead. Griffin had 32 points, Jordan hauled in 22 rebounds, and Paul added 15 points and 10 assists in a 98-96 win Thursday in Game 3.

    Los Angeles limited Curry to 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, but the All-Star guard did pile up 15 assists. Thompson had a team-high 26 points after shooting 2 of 4 and finishing with just seven in Golden State's 138-98 loss in Game 2.


    Research Notes

    The acquisition of Chris Paul has been the ultimate turning point in the Clippers franchise under Donald Sterling... Since acquiring CP3 in December of 2011, the Clippers have the 4th best winning percentage in the NBA and have the 7th most playoff wins during that time span...
    The Clippers loss means that they're still searching for the first three-game postseason win streak in franchise history.
    Clippers 21-point loss is tied for their 3rd-worst in any playoff game.
    Despite having the size advantage with Andrew Bogut out for the series with injury, the Clippers' average shot distance was almost 1.5 feet further than the Warriors. The Clippers took 22 shots from 10 feet or closer, tied for their second-fewest such attempt in a game this season.
    Stephen Curry scored a game-high 33 points, 27 of which came on jump shots. The Clippers contested 14 of Curry's 16 jumpers, but it did not matter as he scored as many points on contested jumpers as he had in the first three games of the series combined. --Contested jumpers are any shots outside 10 feet where the defender is within four feet of the shooter.
    Stephen Curry joined Mookie Blaylock as the only players in NBA postseason history with 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 3-pt FG in a game.
    Analysis: This is the highest effective field goal percentage allowed by the Clippers this season, and the highest by a Doc Rivers coached team in a playoff game since May 8, 2009, against the Magic.

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