Gritty Clippers stave off elimination, beat Suns 116-102

Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) passes as Phoenix Suns forward Cameron Johnson (23) looks on during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Monday, June 28, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — Paul George had just wrapped up his brilliant night, scoring 41 points to keep the Los Angeles Clippers’ season alive. He shared some hugs and fist bumps with teammates and assistant coaches before he finally got to head coach Tyronn Lue.