Magic Beat Clippers 94-85 to End 4-game Skid

Magic Beat Clippers 94-85 to End 4-game Skid

Published December 13, 2010

LOS ANGELES – Dwight Howard scored 22 points and the Orlando Magic defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 94-85 Sunday night, snapping skids of four games overall and three straight on the road.

Jameer Nelson added 17 points, Vince Carter 13, and Brandon Bass had 13 points and a career high-tying 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

Blake Griffin had 27 points and 16 rebounds for his 18th double-double, and Eric Gordon scored 28 points for the Clippers, who lost for the eighth time in a row to Orlando. Their NBA-worst record dropped to 5-20, and they have yet to beat an Eastern Conference team in five tries.

After losing consecutive one-point games, the Clippers only got as close as six points in the fourth quarter on Baron Davis' alley-oop pass to Griffin, whose dunk briefly brought the crowd to its feet. Los Angeles trailed by 26 points early in the second.

Bass then dunked for the Magic, who made just three of their next eight free throws but regained a double-digit lead that they held for most of the final minutes.

Orlando's defense had been allowing 92.2 points a game — third-highest in the league — but the poor-shooting Clippers were no threat to reach that total. They hit 38 percent from the floor for the game, and a measly 24 percent in the first quarter.

In the Clippers' last three losses, they've been well under their season averages in points and shooting percentage.

The Clippers trailed 69-59 after outscoring the Magic 19-10 in the third. Howard picked up his fourth foul just 1 1/2 minutes into the period and sat down, while Nelson was limited to a 3-pointer and Carter had four points.

Los Angeles cut a 26-point deficit down in the second to trail 59-40 at halftime. Griffin and Gordon had seven points each. The Magic built their largest lead using a 19-4 run over the end of the first and start of the second, with six different players scoring.

The Magic outran the Clippers in the opening quarter when they shot 64 percent from the floor and owned a 20-2 edge in the paint.

Notes: Gordon has scored 20 or more points 20 times this season. ... Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy earned career victory No. 298. ... The Magic improved to 7-5 on the road. ... The Clippers' last win against the Magic was on Dec. 3, 2006. ... After two days off, the Clippers open a three-game trip on Wednesday at Philadelphia.

Written by BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer


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