LOS ANGELES – The Warriors were plucky enough Tuesday night but ultimately no match for a Clippers team fired up by the banishment of its disgraced owner.
After falling 113-103 at Staples Center, the Warriors now trail in the best-of-seven series three games to two and would be eliminated with a loss in Game 6 on Thursday night in Oakland.
The Warriors were behind for all but a few minutes, as they were undone by early turnovers and Stephen Curry's inability to get his game on track.
After a brilliant performance in Game 4 at Oracle Arena, Curry on Thursday finished with 17 points, four assists and an astonishing eight turnovers.
Klay Thompson scored 21 points to lead four Warriors in double figures. Andre Iguodala had 18 and David Lee 14.
This was a different Los Angeles team than the one the Warriors routed in Game 4, less than two days after the release of an audio tape featuring a racially-tinged diatribe by Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
While those Clippers looked slow and ponderous, this group was jacked up from the start, surely buoyed after NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced hours earlier of lifetime ban of Sterling.
No exhibited more energy than center DeAndre Jordan. After a poor Game 4 (0 points, six rebounds) he bounced back with 25 points and 18 rebounds. He led five Clippers who reached double figures in the scoring column.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Thompson played a productive, well-rounded game. In addition to his 21 points, he also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Iguodala once again was terrific, adding eight rebounds and eight assists to his points total.
Draymond Green, in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game, finished with 8 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
TURNING POINT: After the Warriors took their only second-half lead, 70-69, on a Curry 3-pointer with 1:49 left in the third quarter, the Clippers responded by closing out the quarter on an 8-2 run.
The Warriors never again caught up, as Los Angeles pushed its five-point lead as high as 11 (103-92).
INJURY UPDATE: For the Warriors, C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery rehab) and C Andrew Bogut (fractured rib) are out. G Nemanja Nedovic (strained right calf) was activated prior to the game.
The Clippers listed no injuries prior to the game, but F Hedo Turkoglu sustained lower back contusion after taking a hard fall in the third quarter and did not return.
WHAT'S NEXT: The teams head north to Oakland, where on Thursday night they meet in Game 6 at Oracle Arena.