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SAN FRANCISCO---The NBA is investigating a report
of an audio recording in which a man purported to
be Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling makes
racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement yes-
terday that the league was in the process of authen-
ticating the validity of the recording on TMZ s Web
site. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive"
and said the league would have no further comment
at this time.
Messages seeking comment from the Clippers were
not immediately returned.
The Clippers were practicing in San Francisco ahead
of Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against
the Golden State Warriors today.
In the recording posted on TMZ, the man questions
his girlfriend s association with minorities. TMZ reported
the woman, V Stiviano, who is of black and Mexican
descent, posted a picture of herself with Lakers Hall
of Famer Magic Johnson on Instagram---which has
since been removed.
The man asked that Stiviano not broadcast her
association with black people or bring black people to
"I will never go to a Clippers game again as long
as Donald Sterling is the owner," Magic Johnson
responded on Twitter. He also said the alleged comments
are "a black eye for the NBA" and said he felt bad that
friends such as Rivers and Clippers point guard Chris
Paul had to work for Sterling.
Former Clippers guard Baron Davis wrote on Twitter
that Sterling s discrimination has been "going on for
a long time."
Sterling, a real estate mogul, bought the Clippers in
1981. He is the longest-tenured owner in the NBA
since Lakers owner Jerry Buss died last year.
He has been frequently criticised for his frugal oper-
ation of the Clippers, although in recent years he has
spent heavily to add stars such as Paul and Rivers, who
led the team back to the playoffs in his first year as
Sterling has been involved in several lawsuits over
the years, including ones with discrimination accu-
sations. In November 2009, Sterling agreed to pay
US$2.73 million to settle allegations by the government
that he refused to rent apartments to Hispanics and
blacks and to families with children.
The Justice Department sued Sterling in August
2006 for allegations of housing discrimination in the
Koreatown area of Los Angeles. (AP)
of Clippers owner
WASHINGTON---Chicago hung on for a
thrilling win at Washington and Houston
did the same at Portland on Friday to trim
the deficits in their NBA playoff series to
2-1, while Brooklyn went up 2-1 with a
home-court victory over Toronto.
Chicago, trailing 2-0 to Washington, badly
needed a victory and Jimmy Butler s three-
pointer with 24 seconds remaining delivered
a 100-97 win over the Wizards.
Houston was in the same predicament,
needing a road win to prevent falling into
a 3-0 hole and they managed to pull it off
in overtime, with Troy Daniels hitting a 3
with 11.9 seconds remaining in the added
period to seal a 121-116 win at Portland.
Brooklyn, hosting a playoff game for the
first time since relocating from New Jersey,
edged Toronto 102-98 to claim the series
Chicago was pushed to victory principally
by Mike Dunleavy, whose 35-point haul was
only one short of his career high.
Dunleavy went 12 for 19 from the field,
including a career-high eight three-pointers
on ten attempts, for the Bulls, who are
attempting to become only the fourth NBA
team to win a seven-game series after losing
the first two at home.
Bradley Beal scored 13 of his 25 points in
the fourth quarter for the Wizards.
Houston s James Harden broke out of a
slump with a career playoff-best 37 points
and Dwight Howard added 24 points and
14 rebounds for the Rockets.
LaMarcus Aldridge had more than 40
points in each of Portland s victories in the
first two games in Houston, but Omer Asik
did a good job of shutting him down in
Game 3, holding the All-Star forward to 23
points. The Blazers were led by Damian Lil-
lard with 30 points.
Portland trailed by as many as 11 points
in the final quarter but Nicolas Batum hit
a three-pointer with 41 seconds left to tie
the game at 110. Harden missed a half-court
shot at the buzzer to send the game to over-
Brooklyn s Joe Johnson scored 29 points,
including the clinching free throws with 3.1
seconds left, to give the Nets a valuable win.
Paul Pierce had 18 points, and he and
Kevin Garnett provided the game s signature
plays late in the second quarter, a reminder
that the Nets brought the veterans here as
much for their bravado as their basketball.
The Nets blew almost all of a 15-point,
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points for the
Raptors, who have lost 13 straight road playoff
games. Patrick Patterson added 17 points
but missed two free throws with a chance
to tie for Toronto. (AP)
Bulls and Rockets take
Houston Rockets guard Troy Daniel, middle, celebrates with teammates James Harden,
left, and Patrick Beverley after sinking a three-point shot in overtime to take the lead
during Game 3 of an NBA first-round playoff series match against the Portland Trail
Blazers in Portland, Oregon, Friday. The Rockets won 121-116. AP PHOTO
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