Warriors Dump Clippers – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have concluded a tumultuous weekend with a lopsided loss to Golden State 118-97, evening the NBA first-round series at two games apiece.
Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry hit five of his career playoff-high seven 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 33 points. Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH'-lah) added 22 points and nine assists for the Warriors, who led by 20 in the first period.
The blowout came a day after TMZ released an audio recording purportedly of Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racial comments. In the recording the man speaking urges his girlfriend not to bring black friends to Clippers games. The NBA and the Clippers are investigating, including whether the male voice on the recording is in fact Sterling's.
Before the start of the game the Clippers ran out of the tunnel wearing their warm-up uniforms. They huddled together at center court and tossed their warm-ups to the floor and went through their pregame routine with their red Clippers' shirts on inside-out to hide the team's logo.
Magic Johnson weighed in before the game by saying he will never attend a Clippers game again and that commissioner Adam Silver should "come down hard" on Sterling. Johnson says Sterling should not be allowed to own a team.
Michael Jordan says he's both disgusted and outraged by the comments allegedly made by Sterling. President Barack Obama called the comments "incredibly offensive racist statements."
Toronto has knotted its first-round series at two games apiece. DeMar DeRozan dropped in 24 points and Kyle Lowry added 22 as the Raptors knocked off the Nets 87-79 in Brooklyn. Amir Johnson had 17 points for the Raptors, who squandered a 17-point lead and trailed by four before closing on a 14-2 run.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Toronto.
The Washington Wizards took a 3-1 series lead by downing Chicago 98-89. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zuh) had a career playoff-high 30 points in the win, which saw the Wizards score the first 14 points of the game. John Wall added 15 points and 10 assists for Washington, which forced 16 turnovers and committed only six.
The Wizards can finish off the Bulls in Game 5 on Tuesday in Chicago.
Portland is in the same situation as the Wizards after taking a 3-1 series lead with a 123-120 overtime victory against Houston. LaMarcus Aldridge was one of four Trail Blazers to score more than 20 points, finishing with 29 and 10 rebounds. Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') poured in 25 points, Damian Lillard had 23 and Wesley Matthews added 21.
James Harden had a team-high 28 points for the Rockets but missed eight of his 11 3-point attempts.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Houston.