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Clippers edge ahead of Warriors

The Los Angeles Clippers bagged a 113-103 win over the Golden State Warriors to take a 3-2 lead in their seven-game NBA play-off series.

Controversial owner Donald Sterling was banned for life and fined 2.5million US dollars (1.5million) by NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being caught making racist remarks in a telephone conversation broadcast on TMZ.

The scandal had overshadowed game four of the series, which the Clippers lost 118-97 after a pre-match silent protest which saw them throw their jerseys down on the court and warm up wearing their team T-shirts inside out.

It was not forgotten by the time of Tuesday night's match, with both teams playing in black socks to acknowledge the issue, but the Clippers were welcomed into the Staples Center with a standing ovation and repaid their fans with a fine performance.

DeAndre Jordan had 25 points and 18 rebounds while Chris Paul added 20 points as their side moved within one game of a series win.

The Memphis Grizzlies edged out the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99 after the Thunder were denied a game-winning shot in the last seconds of overtime.

Kevin Durant's three-point attempt was just off target but tipped in by Serge Ibaka, but the latter's touch was ruled to be just after the buzzer.

Durant scored 26 points and team-mate Russell Westbrook 30 but it was in vain, with Mike Miller (21) and Zach Randolph (20) leading Memphis to a tense win and a 3-2 series lead.

The Washington Wizards wrapped up a 4-1 series win over the Chicago Bulls with a low-scoring 75-69 win in Illinois.

John Wall scored 24 points and Nene 20 while the Bulls mustered just 28 in the second half.