Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Phoenix Suns 116-102 in Game 5 of their Western Conference final series to take the scores to 3-2 and force a sixth game with only their second ever win in a Conference finals.
Paul George was in inspired form as he led the scoring, contributing 41 points with 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the Los Angeles Clippers in the game.
Reggie Jackson also contributed 23 points with 5 rebounds and 3 assists, and Marcus Morris Sr contributed 22 points with 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the game. Devin Booker scored 31 points for the Phoenix Suns in the clash as well.
George led the way with 20 of his points coming in the third quarter to take the game away from Phoenix. He finished 15-from-20 from the floor with three three-pointers, 13 rebounds and six assists.
Reggie Jackson supported him with 23 points while Marcus Morris added 22 with DeMarcus Cousins on 15.
“All season long we’ve been down guys, guys have been out, different guys have been stepping up and playing well,” said Clippers coach Tyronn Lue.
“I keep saying this group is resilient, but this group really is. We’re a good team no matter who’s on the floor. Now we’ve got to do it again two more times.”
Phoenix coach Monty Williams said the Clippers had played with “desperation.”
“It was pretty obvious that we can’t play with a ‘show up’ mentality,” he said.
“We showed up in the first quarter, and they played with desperation. The desperation has to be there. You can’t just show up and expect them to give it to you.”
Both sides will do battle again in a decisive Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday, with a win for either side having important ramifications for them.