SAN FRANCISCO – Anger, frustration and calls for action echoed around the league Saturday after an audio recording surfaced of a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.
Everybody except for the embattled Clippers owner, who has a decades-long history of alleged discrimination and offensive behavior, seemed to have a response.
The league said it was investigating the recording posted on TMZ’s website, calling the comments “disturbing and offensive.” Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, a target of Sterling’s remarks, said he wouldn’t attend Clippers’ games as long as Sterling was the owner. Miami Heat superstar LeBron James asked first-year league commissioner Adam Silver to take aggressive measures, saying “there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league.”
Silver said Sterling agreed to not attend the Clippers’ playoff game Sunday at Golden State. Silver said the league needs to confirm authenticity of the audio tape and interview both Sterling and the woman in the recording.
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Clippers coach Doc Rivers said players discussed boycotting Game 4 of their first-round playoff series during a 45-minute team meeting but quickly decided against it.
Clippers president Andy Roeser said in a statement the team did not know if the tape is legitimate or has been altered. He said the woman on the tape, identified by TMZ as V. Stiviano, who is of black and Mexican descent, “is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would ‘get even.’ ”
Mavs edge Spurs
DALLAS – Vince Carter made a double-pump three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Dallas Mavericks a 109-108 victory in Game 3 and a 2-1 lead over top-seeded San Antonio in their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series.
Manu Ginobili had given the Spurs a 108-106 lead on a layup before Dallas called time to set up the play for Carter.
Monta Ellis scored 29 points for Dallas.
Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 22 points.
Pacers 91, at Hawks 88
Paul George and David West made key three-pointers down the stretch, and top-seeded Indiana evened its East first-round series with Atlanta at 2-2.
George scored 24 points. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 29.
Heat 98, at Bobcats 85
James had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and two-time defending champion Miami defeated Charlotte to take a 3-0 lead in their East first-round series.
Al Jefferson had 20 points for the Bobcats.
Thunder 92, at Grizzlies 89 (OT)
Reserve Reggie Jackson scored 32 points — his career high for a playoff game — to help Oklahoma City beat Memphis and even their first-round West series at 2-2.
Kevin Durant’s two free throws with 1:02 left in overtime put the Thunder ahead to stay.
Mike Conley missed a 26-footer just before the buzzer that could have forced a second OT.
• The league suspended Washington forward-center Nene from Game 4 of an East series against Chicago. Nene was ejected with about 8½ minutes left in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s Game 3 victory Friday night in Washington after wrapping both hands around the back of Jimmy Butler’s head and neck as they stood so close their foreheads touched.
• Michael Heisley, a billionaire businessman who bought the Vancouver Grizzlies in 2000 and moved the team to Memphis, died Saturday. He was 77.