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The Los Angeles Clippers survived yet another elimination game after topping the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Paul George set a playoff career high to carry the Clippers to a 116-102 victory in Arizona.

Clippers survive elimination game again

The Clippers responded after losing Game 4 at home as they have done all postseason. Facing their third elimination game of the playoffs. Ty Lue’s team showed their survival instinct yet again.

Kawahi Leonard was available for the first two potential knock out games, but this time it was the role players that set the tone in the first half for LA. In the second half Paul George took over and finished off the Suns to force a Game 6 back at the Staples Center.

Morris with a break out postseaon performace

LA hopped out to a 20-5 lead thanks to a zone look put in by coach Lue. The Suns struggled to find their rhythm on the offensive end while Marcus Morris started 6 for 6 from the field to kick start the Clippers in the first quarter.

Ivica Zubac, who was having a fantastic series, sat out Game 5 with a knee injury which allowed Morris more freedom down low. Morris wasted no time, scoring 13 in the first quarter, while Reggie Jackson had 12.

George scores 20 in the 3rd

The Suns trailed the entire first half, and took the lead for just one possession in the third quarter before  Paul George went into take over mode. George caught fire out of the halftime break, scoring 20 points in the third.

With no Leonard, and no Zubac George was going to have to be monumental. While posting big numbers through the first four games of the series, his shooting percentage hadn’t been terrific. That changed against the in Game 5. George went 15 for 20 from the field while posting a playoff career high 41 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

Reggie Jackson had an eight point spurt in the fourth quarter to close the game out. He finished with 23 points, while Morris scored 22 points.

Booker's 31 not enough for Suns

Devin Booker had 31 points, but the mask seems as though it could still be bothering his shot.  After his 40 point triple-double in Game 1, his field goal percentage has plummeted. Chris Paul scored 22 and dished 8 assists but the Suns fell short in the first of three potential close out games.

The series is headed back west, as the Clippers will look to survive another elimination game at home. Game 6 will tip off on Wednesday at 9 pm ET/ 6 PT.

The Clippers owner showing some love to his star

George is having a historic run in the playoffs.

George shaking Paul and dropping the jumper.

George with a monster third quarter

Reggie Jackson had a big fourth quarter

George with his first 40 point playoff game.

The Los Angeles Clippers survived yet another elimination game after topping the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Paul George set a playoff career high to carry the Clippers to a 116-102 victory in Arizona.

Clippers survive elimination game again

The Clippers responded after losing Game 4 at home as they have done all postseason. Facing their third elimination game of the playoffs. Ty Lue’s team showed their survival instinct yet again.

Kawahi Leonard was available for the first two potential knock out games, but this time it was the role players that set the tone in the first half for LA. In the second half Paul George took over and finished off the Suns to force a Game 6 back at the Staples Center.

Morris with a break out postseaon performace

LA hopped out to a 20-5 lead thanks to a zone look put in by coach Lue. The Suns struggled to find their rhythm on the offensive end while Marcus Morris started 6 for 6 from the field to kick start the Clippers in the first quarter.

Ivica Zubac, who was having a fantastic series, sat out Game 5 with a knee injury which allowed Morris more freedom down low. Morris wasted no time, scoring 13 in the first quarter, while Reggie Jackson had 12.

George scores 20 in the 3rd

The Suns trailed the entire first half, and took the lead for just one possession in the third quarter before  Paul George went into take over mode. George caught fire out of the halftime break, scoring 20 points in the third.

With no Leonard, and no Zubac George was going to have to be monumental. While posting big numbers through the first four games of the series, his shooting percentage hadn’t been terrific. That changed against the in Game 5. George went 15 for 20 from the field while posting a playoff career high 41 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

Reggie Jackson had an eight point spurt in the fourth quarter to close the game out. He finished with 23 points, while Morris scored 22 points.

Booker's 31 not enough for Suns

Devin Booker had 31 points, but the mask seems as though it could still be bothering his shot.  After his 40 point triple-double in Game 1, his field goal percentage has plummeted. Chris Paul scored 22 and dished 8 assists but the Suns fell short in the first of three potential close out games.

The series is headed back west, as the Clippers will look to survive another elimination game at home. Game 6 will tip off on Wednesday at 9 pm ET/ 6 PT.

116-102

The Clippers take Game 5 on the road and force a trip back to LA

116-102

Ferrell gets the floater to go.

114-102

Nader to the rack gets the lay up to go.

114-110

Timeout Clippers with 1:12 to go in the fourth.

114-110

George to the line, gets two of two to go.

112-110

3:05 to go in the fourth quarter.

112-100

Paul going to the line after getring fouled by Morris.

112-98

Paul gets the jumper to go from the baseline.

112-96

George on the pull up from the FT line.

110-96

George fouled on the jumper by Crowder, after review it will be ruled a flagrant foul. Both FTs are good and George has 40 points.

108-96

Jackson with the tomahawk slam in transition. Timeout Suns with 4:47 to go in the fourth.

106-96

Jackson with another three ball

103-96

Craig stretching to the basket gets the close range effort to drop.

103-94

George back to attacking the rack, he's got 35.

101-94

Jackson gets the roll from downtown

98-94

George was whistled for a foul on the FT and the Suns will keep the ball after the made FT. Timeout LA with 6:58 to go

98-94

Under 7 to go in the fourth quarter.

98-94

Johnson on the steal and score, gets fouled by Morris and goes to the line and completes the three point play.

98-91

George attacks the rack, gets the lay up to go.

96-91

Paul with the crossover and the pull up from the FT line.

96-89

The Booker 3 moments ago was ruled a 2 point basket, so the Suns have a point taken off the board.

96-90

Booker on the jumper from the baseline, and Phoenix Suns Arena is starting to come to life. Bookers got a quick 7 points. Timeout Clippers with 9:18 to go in the fourth quarter.

96-88

Booker hits a three with Cousins in his face.

96-85

Booker down the lane for an easy finger roll.

96-83

Cousins gets the fall away effort to go after getting fouled, FT is good

93-83

Saric at the bucket off the feed from Paul

93-83

Mann gets the bucket to go in traffic down low.

91-81

Craig off the bench, gets a lay up and a foul, hits the FT to convert the 3 point play.

91-78

The third quarter comes to an end from Arizona.

91-78

Cousins on the second effort, gets the tip in to go

89-78

Paul on the step back jumper from the top of the key, he's got 20 in the third quarter.

86-78

Batum with the dunk off the feed from Cousins.

84-78

Under 2 to go in the third quarter

84-78

Booker back to the line, knocks down both FTs.

84-76

George gets the jumper to go.

82-76

Booker to the line, hits two of two.

82-74

Johnson with the dash to the rack and gets the finger roll.

82-72

Ayton with the turn around jumper in the paint.

82-70

Beverley sinks a three ball, and the Suns need a timeout down 12 with 3:51 to go in the third quarter.

79-70

Johnson gets a three to drop in the corner.

79-67

George connects on another three, Clippers up by 12.

76-67

George on the pull up gets the three to drop from the right side.

73-67

Morris in the paint gets the fade away to go.

71-67

Ayton finishes off the lob from Paul

71-65

Paul goes to the line, and hits all three FTs and the Suns get the ball back.

71-62

A flagrant foul has been called against Beverley.

71-62

Paul fouled by Beverley on the three pointer, play is being reviewed after Paul got undercut

71-62

George at the line, gets two of two to drop.

69-62

Six to go in the third quarter.

69-62

Beverley on the off balance lay up get the roll.

67-62

George with a pull up from the elbow over Crowder.

65-62

Jackson gets one of two to drop from the line.

64-62

George with the basket and the foul in the lane. FT is good to convert the three point play.

61-62

Paul drops the FT line jumper and the Suns lead for the first time tonight.

61-60

Crowder gathers the ball after the defelection under the iron and gets the lay up to go. Timeout Clippers with 8:56 to go in the third quarter

61-58

Booker gets the mid range jumper to go.

61-56

George drives on the right side and gets the bucket to go.

59-56

Bridges pulls up from the baseline

59-54

Paul getting to the basket  and finishing in traffic .

Jackson beats the buzzer at the end of the first quarter

Morris with 20 points in the first half

The role players are stepping up for the Clippers tonight .

The Suns have never lead in Game 5. LA climbed out to a 20-5 lead in the first quarter.

After the buzzer beating three, Booker finishes the first half with 19 points. Paul has 9 points and 5 assists.

Marcus Morris leads all scorers with 20 first half points, while Reggie Jackson has 14.

59-52

Booker nails a three pointer to end the first half

59-49

Morris to the line, hits two of two and he's got 20

57-49

Morris from downtown, he's got 18 points already

54-49

1:20 to go in the half.

54-49

George on a strong drive and gets the runner to go

52-49

Under 3 to go in the second quarter

52-49

Ayton on the baseline with the baseline jumper.

52-47

Jackson gets the ban off the runner from outside of the lane.

50-47

Booker on the spot up in tranisition. He's got 16 points

50-44

Morris on the fader in the lane.

48-44

Paul gets the mid range jumper to go.

48-42

George from the elbow.

46-42

George drives and finishes with the left hand.

44-42

Johnson in the corner for three and we have a two point game in Phoenix. Timeout LA with 7:15 to go in the first half.

44-39

Booker fouled by Beverley on the drive, goes to the line and hits two of two,

44-37

8 minutes to go in the second quarter.

44-37

Ayton with the tip in off the miss.

44-35

Paul gets the and one to go after the foul on the made jumper

44-34

Paul pulls up from 15 feet.

44-32

Payne finds the floater down the lane

44-30

George on the spot up jumper

42-30

Cousins going back to work on the inside with a lay up

40-30

Nader with the mid range jumper on the baseline

40-28

Cousins in the lane, gets the short range effort to go.

38-28

Paul with a pull up jumper

38-26

Morris on the steal and score.

36-26

Jackson gets the finger roll beat the buzzer to bring the first quarter to a close.

34-26

Cousins on the lay up off the feed from Morris.

32-26

Booker off the glass with the pull up from mid range.

32-24

Jackson to the line, gets both FTs to go.

30-24

Johnson answers back with a three pointer.

30-21

Jackson spots up for three on the right side.

27-21

Cousins off the screen and roll out of the timeout gets an easy dunk.

25-21

Payne off the bench, and onto the scoreboard with a corner three. Nine straight points for the Suns and the Clippers need a timeout with 3:11 to go in the first quarter.

25-18

Booker from the top of the key, he's 2-2 from downtown tonight.

25-15

Booker fouled on the three pointer, hits all three free throws.

25-12

Morris again! This time from downtown.

22-12

Crowder to the basket gets the lay up to go.

22-10

Morris with a deep 2, he's got 10 already.

19-10

Bridges with a three ball from the left side.

20-7

Paul with the pull up jumper.

20-5

Morris with another jumper, he's 4 for 4 from the field already.

18-5

Morris from the elbow over Crowder, and the Suns need a timeout with 7:28 to go in the first quarter.

16-5

Morris with the turnaround fade away from the baseline

14-5

Ayton gets the Suns back on the board with a dunk underneath.

14-3

George gets the lay up and the foul, and this crowd has been silenced in the first few minutes. FT is good to complete the three point play.

11-3

Jackson with a monster slam in tranistion

9-3

Morris on the fall away in the paint

7-3

Booker knocks down a three from the top of the key

7-0

Mann gets the roll off the reverse, and a quick start for the Suns out of the gate.

5-0

Beverley with a strong drive down the right side.

3-0

Jackson open for three, gets the scoring going in Game 5.

0-0

Game 5 is underway from Phoenix!

We are just moments away from tip off in Arizona. Game 5 coming up soon.

This is the Clippers third elimination game of this years playoffs

The Clippers have been the comeback kids all post season long and will be looking for a win to stretch the series to Game 6.

Is this Devin Booker's night to shine? He has been very quiet this series, and last game he ditched his protective mask.

Paul George showing off the drip facing elimination.

The home side arriving to the Arena showing some drip

The bjg news coming into tonight's Game 5 is Kawhi Leonard, and his knee that will keep him out for a seventh straight game.

Phoenix has been in sensational form, winning 10 of their last 11 games in the NBA Playoffs. Their only loss in that stretch came against the Clippers in Game 3 of this series.

The Suns will move on to the NBA Finals for the first time since the early 90\s with a win at home tonight.

Hello everyone and welcome to Phoenix Suns Arena, where we are just under an hour away from tip off of Game 5 in the Western Confernce Finals.

A spot in the NBA Finals will be on the line Monday night as the Phoenix Suns return home with a chance to close out the series.

The hottest team in the playoffs won their tenth game in their last eleven in Game 4 at the Staples Center. The Suns led from start to finish after jumping out to a 14-2 lead out of the gate. Despite a big third quarter from Reggie Jackson and LA, the Suns were able to hold off the home to put themselves in a commanding lead 3-1 lead.

The Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard for a sixth straight game on Saturday and will be without him for the potential elimination game in Arizona. Leonard has been sidelined since Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals, and LA has not revealed many details about the extent of the former NBA Champion’s injured right knee.

After sweeping the Nuggets in comfortable fashion last round, the Suns have had to battle until the final seconds to secure their triumphs in this series. Phoenix’s three wins this series have been won by a combined total of 11 points.

This isn’t the first time the Clippers have had their backs against the wall this postseason. They have comeback from 0-2 holes twice already, and will have to make it a third time if they want a chance to get to the finals. They find themselves down two games, but at 3-1 they have no room for error.

If the Suns take the game and the series at home on Monday it would be their first time in the NBA Finals since losing to the Bulls in 1993.

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