After an emotionally charged past few days, the Los Angeles Clippers returned home to a standing ovation crowd at Staples Center after Adam Silver's decision to ban owner Donald Sterling for life.
Sterling was banned for life as an NBA owner by Silver in a morning press conference, that seemed to give numerous Clipper players and coaches a sigh of relief including DeAndre Jordan.
Jordan lead all scorers with a playoff high 25 points, 18 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the 113-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors. A huge difference from the Game 4 performance where he had 0 points and only six rebounds. He also remember how the events leading up to Game 4 were a complete distraction.
Jordan rose to the occasion in the fourth quarter when Mark Jackson implemented the Hack-A-DJ technique, where Jordan made six out of eight free throws.
That sparked many other Clipper players to continue to dominate the Warriors. The defense forced Steph Curry to commit eight turnovers and finished with 17 points. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 21 points.
Blake Griffin made a spectacular turn around jumper with less than seven minutes left that extended the lead 90-81. Griffin finished with 18 points, while Jordan continued to play like a man on a mission.
“I felt like that just took our minds off of what has been going on,” Jordan said. “I feel like we get a lot of stuff from our family and our friends.
“It’s never going to go away, " Jordan continued. "I feel like it was definitely a weight lifted off our shoulders so we can just continue to focus on playing basketball and the series.”
The Clippers took a pivotal 3-2 series lead, as the team heads up to Oakland to play the Warriors on Thursday night for Game 6.
Jordan a force to be reckoned with in the paint, and in order for the Clippers to close out the series. They'll have to have a repeat type of performance from Jordan, as well as the rest of the Clippers against a tenacious Warriors team.
"I thought they were great," said head coach Doc Rivers on his team's performance.
Jordan had spoken to Rivers before Game 5 and assured him he would be ready, and was true to his word. He and the Clippers sporting black socks, truly played like they were one.