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Amid L.A.'s civil strife in 1992, the Clippers found a way to host a crucial playoff game

Amid L.A.'s civil strife in 1992, the Clippers found a way to host a crucial playoff game

National Guard troops patrolled the streets on the day the game was supposed to be played.

A dense, dark haze drifted overhead as hundreds of fires burned and thousands of looters rampaged across the city.

Basketball did not seem so important.

It was the spring of 1992 and the NBA playoff series between the Clippers and the Utah Jazz was abruptly interrupted — like the rest of normal life in Los Angeles — by widespread rioting.

With the Sports Arena perched at the edge of a violence-racked neighborhood, Game 4 was postponed and, back in New York, league officials wanted to shift the series out of town, perhaps to Las Vegas.

Twenty-five years later — as the...

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