Crawford provides feel-good moment for Clippers

Jamal Crawford got emotional in accepting his NBA Sixth Man award and, like Kevin Durant earlier this week, it may have buoyed the Los Angeles Clippers in what has been a turbulent playoffs so far.

Crawford didn't cry or talk as long as Durant did when the Oklahoma City star picked up the league's MVP award. But he thanked everyone he could think of on Thursday, especially his teammates and Clippers coach Doc Rivers for keeping them together in the wake of owner Donald Sterling's racist comments that led to his lifetime ban from the NBA.

Crawford's award was the best news the Clippers have had in the last 1½ weeks, and the feel-good atmosphere during his acceptance speech could provide the fuel the team needs heading into Game 3 against the Thunder on Friday night. The Western Conference semifinal series is tied 1-1.

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