Beaten Clippers take a stand

LA Clippers players made their point to absent team owner Donald Sterling, but still lost their play-off clash to the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors grabbed the victory that saw them level their NBA Western Conference play-off series at 2-2.

Sterling is at the centre of a huge controversy in the NBA after allegedly making racist comments which are now being investigated by the league.

A tape, purporting to be of Sterling, was broadcast by American network TMZ in which he apparently told a girlfriend not to bring black people to the team's games.

Clippers players reportedly considered boycotting their game against the Warriors but while they chose to play, they pointedly removed all Clippers branded gear during the warm-up and practised wearing their t-shirts inside out.

As this was a road game, their game jerseys simply read "Los Angeles".

Perhaps distracted by the storm of controversy, Los Angeles started cold as Stephen Curry lit up the scoreboard, and a late rally came up short as the Warriors pulled away at the death

Curry finished the night with 33 points while Andre Igoudala added 22.

Earlier on Sunday, the Washington Wizards took a 3-1 lead over the Chicago Bulls in their Eastern Conference series with a 98-89 win, with Trevor Ariza collecting 30 points and eight rebounds.