Clippers Shock Warriors and Keep Hope Alive With 129-121 Win in Game 5

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They still have a pulse.

Lou Williams scored 33 points and the Los Angeles Clippers shocked the Golden State Warriors, 129-121, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series on Wednesday night.

The victory was the second straight for the Clippers at Oracle arena, after losing back-to-back games at home in Los Angeles last week.

The Clippers came out of the gate like a team possessed. With their backs against the wall, and nothing to lose, they put up 71 points in the first half, and 156 in their last four quarters at Oracle Arena overall. 

Missing in action for the first four games of the series, Italian sharp-shooter, Danilo Gallinari, finally arrived in the nick of time, scoring 26 points in the do-or-die Game 5. 

The Clippers led by eight at the half, and in the third quarter, Los Angeles went up by 15 points before the Warriors mounted a comeback, closing the lead to three points late in the quarter.

The first Warriors lead of the game came on an emphatic dunk by Kevin Durant with 2:38 remaining, giving Golden State their first lead since early in the second quarter. 

But Williams caught fire down the stretch, scoring nine straight points in the final two minutes to close the door on the defending champs, sending shockwaves throughout the NBA.

The surprising Clippers weren’t even supposed to make the playoffs this season. In what was was deemed to be a rebuilding year after losing Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers traded away their best player [Tobias Harris] at the trade deadline, signaling to most in the league the Clips had their sights set on the future, not the present. 

The Warriors have taken the Clippers lightly throughout the series, even hinting that their sights were already set on a second round matchup with the Houston Rockets in a rematch of the 2018 Western Conference Finals. 

The Clippers were able to use that to their advantage, as they hit the Warriors first and fast, showing that they had more energy, more grit, more toughness, and more determination than the three-time NBA Champions.

Perhaps, if the Warriors win the Larry O’Brien trophy this year, to complete the first three-peat since the 2000-2002, Lakers, they will credit the Clippers for their keeping them focused in their first round series.

The loss was just the second in the Steve Kerr era for Golden State in a Game 5 at home. For the Clippers, the victory snapped a streak of five consecutive Game 5 losses. Ironically, the last time the Clippers won a Game 5 was against the Warriors in 2014. 

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