NBA: Los Angeles Clippers players remove all branded gear during warm-up
Last Updated: 28/04/14 9:48am
Los Angeles Clippers players made their point to absent team owner Donald Sterling, but could not make one on the court as the Golden State Warriors took a 118-97 win to level their 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.
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.
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.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers edged the Houston Rockets 123-120 in overtime to go 3-1 up in their Western Conference play-off series.
Nicolas Batum added 25 points for Portland, who trailed by 11 points but rallied in the fourth quarter as they looked to remain on course to make it past the first round of the post-season for the first time in 14 years.
Toronto levelled their Eastern Conference series against the Brooklyn Nets at 2-2 with an 87-79 triumph, despite squandering a 17-point lead at Barclays Center.
DeMar DeRozan poured in 24 points and Kyle Lowry added 22 to give the Raptors their first road play-off win since 2001.