With the Houston Rockets advancing to the Conference Semifinals earlier in the day, the Golden State Warriors were looking to do the same.
Trailing 3-1 in the series, the LA Clippers had other ideas.
Behind a 33-point, 10-assist night from Lou Williams, they avoid elimination and force Game 6 back in Los Angeles in a couple of days.
However, it was a complete team effort. The Clippers overcame Kevin Durant's 45-point night by having five players score in double figures. They outrebounded the Warriors, outscored them in the paint, shot better from the field, and handed the Warriors their second straight home playoff loss.
The Clippers' fight led them to the win while also getting praise from the other players in the league - current and retired.
Recently retired Dwyane didn't tweet once but thrice in appreciation:
If I'm a GM or President I'm searching for a Chicago kid to add to my team. You can't measure our heart. @patbev21 you are an animal. A player you love to hate and hate to love- DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 25, 2019
If you're not rooting for these @LAClippers you're a golden state fan. This is what staring in your role looks like 👏🏾- DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 25, 2019
Montrezl is a beast. I love watching him play!- DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 25, 2019
Dear @LAClippers @Steven_Ballmer This Brother #LouWilliams is special.- Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) April 25, 2019
He has outplayed the value he's based at. New Deal Alert‼️
Respect Lou 💯@TeamLou23
Lou : professional bucket getter!- 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 25, 2019
Can't do nothing but respect what @MONSTATREZZ brings to the table every night.- 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 25, 2019
LoooooouWilll!! Great game- Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) April 25, 2019
LOU WILL- Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) April 25, 2019
Boy basketball is everything- kuz (@kylekuzma) April 25, 2019