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NBA playoffs Tuesday: Wizards oust Bulls, Grizzlies win in OKC, Clippers beat Warriors

Game 5 of the Thunder-Grizzlies series was as tight as the previous four, with Memphis surviving by tenths of a second for a 100-99 win. Elsewhere, the Wizards advanced to the second round for only the third time since 1979, and the Clippers held serve at home to take a 3-2 lead on the Warriors.

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What happened Tuesday in the NBA Playoffs

Adam Silver's decision to drop the hammer on Donald Sterling likely saved Tuesday's postseason action, since the Warriors were prepared to walk out if they didn't like the decision. Elsewhere, the Bulls are done and Thunder-Grizzlies went down to the wire again.

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Clips beat Warriors after Sterling receives ban

DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers in scoring by dominating the paint near the rim and the Clippers bench helped take down a comprehensive scoring effort by the Warriors' starters.

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Clippers fans chant 'We Are One' during Game 5

The newly-adopted slogan stands for unity in the face of owner Donald Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA.

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Grizzlies again eke out OT win to take series lead

The Thunder were resilient as can be in a comeback effort, but last-second heroics from Serge Ibaka failed to beat the buzzer.

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Ibaka's last-second putback too late to win game

Time proved the best defender on Ibaka's shot that would have won the game for the Thunder.

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Joey Crawford ices Kevin Durant's free throws

The groan-inducing NBA referee stopped the Oklahoma City Thunder forward between crucial free throws to scream at the scorer's table.

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Russell Westbrook steal forces OT vs. Grizzlies

Russell Westbrook is known as a gambler. Twitter explodes when he takes an ill-advised three-pointer. Or takes too many shots. Or generally does anything other than run the full length of the floor and dunk. And that's what he did on Tuesday night.

Down two points to the Memphis Grizzlies with 10 seconds left, Westbrook gambled again. He reached across Mike Conley Jr.'s chest as he drove to the right and poked the ball out of the Grizzlies point guard's hands. His runaway dunk tied the game, 90-90, with four seconds left, forcing overtime.

Russell Westbrook, you magnificent so-and-so.

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Clippers fans reaction to Donald Sterling NBA ban

Los Angeles showed up big on Tuesday night with signs, t-shirts and thunderous cheers for the home team.

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Wizards take series 4-1 with road win over Bulls

D.C.'s upstart youngsters led by John Wall, Bradley Beal and Nene finished their first round matchup with a close win to end the series 4-1.

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Taj Gibson leaves game with ankle injury

Gibson was injured while contesting a John Wall floater.

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Russell Westbrook wears a space poncho to game

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's fashion choices are front and center Tuesday night.

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'Inside the NBA' crew lauds Silver for action

The crew of Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal applauded Adam Silver's strong decision to ban and fine Donald Sterling for racially insensitive comments.

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Thunder, Grizzlies look for an advantage in Game 5

With the series tied, Memphis travels to Oklahoma City to try and capture an elusive third victory.

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Wiz try to advance, Clips come home amid scandal

The Wizards will try to win their first playoff series in nine years, while the Clippers return home for the first time since the Donald Sterling scandal erupted. Elsewhere, the Thunder and Grizzlies will do battle in a pivotal Game 5.

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Washington looks to close series against Bulls

Washington looks to win its first playoff series in nine years on Tuesday night.

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Clips host Warriors in Game 5 amid controversy

The Clippers return home for the first time since the controversy surrounding owner Donald Sterling erupted.

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