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.

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