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LOS ANGELES -- Chris Pauls teammates figure he might need more time to fully recover from his role in one of the ugliest playoff collapses in NBA history. With the Los Angeles Clippers season riding on Game 6, Paul knows he doesnt have that luxury. The Oklahoma City Thunder are back at Staples Center on Thursday night, and the Clippers must shelve their memories of the mistakes late in Game 5 that cost them a chance to close out the series at home. Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford went to work on Pauls mind on the bus ride to their flight home from Oklahoma City after the Clippers blew a 13-point lead in just over four minutes. The fiasco culminated in the All-Star point guards touch foul on Russell Westbrook to set up the winning free throws, sandwiched between two brutal turnovers by Paul -- all in the final 14 seconds. "He was visibly upset, and I told him that game is not on one guy," Griffin said Wednesday at the Clippers training complex. "Its not on him. We made plenty of mistakes down the stretch, plenty of mistakes throughout the game that could ultimately change the outcome. That idea that the game is on him, you understand what hes saying, but its not on him by any means. We still have two games left to play." The Clippers roller coaster of a post-season has careened into another valley after the Thunder stormed back from near-certain defeat with the help of Pauls mistakes and a much-debated out-of-bounds call with 11.3 seconds left. Clippers coach Doc Rivers hadnt changed his opinion one day after declaring the Clippers "were robbed" on that call, although he said he wont file any formal protest. The NBA issued a statement Wednesday night saying the call was made correctly in the absence of clear evidence to change it on replay review. Paul still appeared glum, giving short, clipped answers to questions about his turnovers and the Clippers ability to bounce back in Game 6. "I woke up this morning with a beautiful wife and two beautiful kids," Paul said. "At the end of the day, it is basketball, but theres a lot of guys livelihoods who depend on it, so Ive got to do my part." After three weeks of a circus atmosphere around the Clippers, Rivers still believes his young team has gathered enough resilience to force the series back to Oklahoma City for a deciding game. The Clippers played 43 outstanding minutes in Game 5 to reach the brink of what could have been a benchmark victory in a shift of the Western Conference hierarchy, only to let it slip away. Rivers thinks its a lesson the Clippers needed. "You dont win it easy," Rivers said. "Were trying to do something special here and be something special. And if youre trying to stand out in any job, its going to be hard. Youre going to face adversity, and youve just got to accept that thats part of the process. Yeah, this is hard. Its supposed to be. And thats the only thing I told our guys. 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I used to be a perfectionist, but my attitude now is to play like Im in the pro-am.SYDNEY - Sardar Azmoun scored in the second half to lift Iran to a 1-0 win over Qatar in Group C and send the three-time Asian Cup champions through to the quarterfinals.Iran, the top-ranked team in the tournament, had to be patient against a well-organized Qatari defence, before Sardar broke the deadlock early in the second half after turning his defender and poking the ball past Qatari goalkeeper Qasem Burhan.Iran has six points and is second behind UAE, which earlier Thursday beat Bahrain 2-1, on goal difference in Group C, with Qatar and Bahrain eliminated after losing both of their pool games.Iran and UAE will meet on Monday in Melbourne, where top spot in the group will be at stake. Qatar plays Bahrain in Sydney.This was only the second Asian Cup finals meeting between these two nations, since Irans 2-0 win in 1988, and despite the tight margin of the final score, Iran was never troubled by the 2014 Gulf Cup champions.Iran coach Carlos Quieroz opted to start with Sardar, ahead of the more experienced Reza Ghoochannejhad, as Irans only change from Sundays 2-0 win over Bahrain.It was Sardar who had Irans first chance when he rose highest to head a Mehrdad Pooladi cross on target in the third minute.That proved to be Irans only shot on target until late in the first-half when captain Javad Nekounams headed shot was cleared off the line by Ahmed Mohamed with Qasem beaten.Former Fulham player Ashkan Dejagah fired a volley wide from a tight angle in the closing stages of the half as Qatars defensive setup frustrated the Group C favourrites.ddddddddddddIran started the second half strongly, looking for the breakthrough goal, and Sardar almost delivered in the first minute of the second half but his weak shot from Dejagahs corner went narrowly wide.Then Masoud Shojaei picked up an errant Qatari pass in midfield and bore down on goal, only for Almadhi Ali Mukthtar to trip the midfielder, picking up a yellow card in the process. Nekounams subsequent freekick sailed over the bar.The breakthrough finally came in the 52nd minute after Dejagah played a low cross for Sardar, who turned past defender Almadhi before poking the ball past Qasems outstretched leg and into the right corner of the goal.Sardar ran to the corner flag in celebration as the strong Iranian support among the crowd of 22,672 erupted with joy.Only minutes later Sardar appeared to injure his right ankle chasing a ball and was stretchered from the field to be replaced by Reza Ghoochannejhad.Reza, though, resumed where Sardar had left off and fired wide from just outside the box in the 66th minute from another Dejagah cross before firing a firm shot straight at Qasem moments after.Qatar coach Djamal Belmadi brought star player Khlafan Ibrahim off the bench to try and turn the game but Irans well-marshalled defence stifled the Qatari attackers to extend its record of just one loss in its past 16 Asian Cup finals games.Qatars last chance for an equalizer to keep its tournament alive fell to Meshaal Abdulla in injury time but the substitute striker was called offside as his header hit the post. 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