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Magic snap Clippers’ 13-game home winning streak

Jan 12, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

Grant Hill, Josh McRoberts

The Orlando Magic are just 13-23 on the season, but they have some surprising signature wins that give the fan base hope as the team rebuilds without a superstar on the roster, and with a first-year head coach running the show.

Saturday afternoon’s come-from-behind 104-101 win over a Clippers team that held a share of the league’s best record coming in was yet another one to add to the resume, as Orlando, losers of 10 straight, held L.A. to just 18 fourth-quarter points while making its way back to secure the victory.

What was most interesting about the Clippers fourth quarter meltdown was the lineup they used in order to make sure they left the door open wide enough for the Magic to have a shot.

Three of L.A.’s five starters are DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler, and Willie Green. Yet none were to be found in the final period of this one, with Vinny Del Negro instead opting for Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom, and Matt Barnes, all of which played the entire fourth quarter.

Grant Hill made his season debut for the Clips in this one, and Del Negro in his infinite wisdom felt that the first six and a half minutes of the fourth quarter was the perfect time for that to happen. Hill finished 0-for-3 from the field with two points and two rebounds during this limited action, but L.A. found themselves ahead by just seven when he subbed out for Blake Griffin with five and a half minutes remaining.

J.J. Redick‘s three-pointer with 42 seconds remaining broke a 99-all tie, and gave the Magic a lead they would never relinquish. Redick was 4-of-6 from the field in the fourth for 10 of his 21 points, and Arron Afflalo had eight in the final frame to bring his total for the game to 30 points, to go along with seven assists.

The Clippers wasted brilliant performances from Griffin, who finished with 30 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, and Chris Paul, who didn’t shoot the ball terribly well but finished with 16 assists. Crawford’s offense wasn’t there off the bench, and he finished just 4-of-12 from the field with 13 points.

“This was a bad loss,” Griffin said afterward, according to the Associated Press. “We have to get back to what made us successful and what got us here. That was our defensive intensity and everybody contributing and everybody having a fire out there.”

“An embarrassing performance for us,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “We got what we deserved.”

Del Negro’s coaching has always been the big question mark in terms of how far this Clippers team is able to go this season. We may have gotten our first glimpse of how he may negatively affect the team’s chances in this Saturday afternoon loss to the Magic.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    That was an amazing ending. Really, the Clips were up the whole freakin’ game and looked like they had complete control of the game……..alllllll the way up to the last 4-5 minutes then a dang miracle happend and the momentum shifted all sick like and the Magic were in the drivers seat with that Redick 3.

    I had actually stopped paying attention to the game with around 7 min. left, just playing with my son and when the game was over I was shocked when I looked up and seen that the Magic had won! I re-wound the game back to the 5 min. mark and re-watched it. It was incredible.

  2. raidmagic - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Great game for the Magic. They have been really close to winning games during this 10 game losing streak with a blowout loss to the Raptors being the only bad loss. Finding a way to finish games without Davis has been a struggle for them. Hopefully they get Davis back soon and can find ways to finish more games.

  3. magicbucs - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    No mention that the magic were on a 10 game losing streak? With only Nelson, JJ and afflalo the only vets playing. All other active players are rookies and 2nd year players. The clippers got embarrassed by a young, hard working, short handed magic team.

    I love how the magic with no superstars, no Allstars and no drama queens are playing harder, smarter and with more heart than the LAKERS. Yes the magic are losing more than winning but at least the make the games come down to the final minutes of the game. The lakers are usually done by the 3rd qtr.
    GO MAGIC! ….FUQ LA (lakers)

  4. fearthehoody - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Said it all last year, said it all this year. Clipps will never get passed 2nd round of Playoffs with VDN as their coach

  5. magicbucs - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    All this done by a magic team with no superstars, no Allstars and no drama queens….
    The only vets playing are Nelson, JJ, afflalo, Mcroberts. All others are rookies and 2nd year players. They all play hard and with effort and they ROTATE on defense. Something so simple that somehow the lakers can’t figure it out. Don’t blame the coach lol….
    Great game, great win. The magic have played well in most games in that 10 game losing streak. I’m still a proud fan!
    Go magic!

  6. themagicfanguy - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Great game

  7. jerdogthompson - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Great win Magic.

    Now bring us Memphis……..

  8. pricejustin24 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    True colors shining through

  9. themagicfanguy - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Magic Rule!

  10. mrcuret - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    I think the Magic should go after Al Jefferson & Millsap this summer (if they have the cap space of course), or at least one of them. I’m not really a Magic fan but I like to see a more competitive eastern conference.

  11. dko83 - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    This is what I love about the NBA. Anybody can beat anybody any given night. BTW, the Clips win despite Vinny, not because of him. The only reason this guy still has is job is because Chris Paul is one of the greatest coaches in the league.

  12. 13arod - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    the magic need to get paul pierce he can play good defence and score 20 points that would help them win

    • raidmagic - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      They aren’t close to winning anything important so there is no need to trade assets and young players for an aging Pierce. He needs to go to a team (or stay in Boston) that has a chance to win something and Orlando needs to stay the course. They are building something here and won’t be a bad team for long.

  13. themagicfanguy - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    No, the magic should NOT get pierce. We already have an aging/declining, stalwart franchise veteran or two in Nelson an Turk, how would Pierce help at all? By the time they developed their talent he’d be retired, plus they would have to trade assets to get him. Not worth it. Nether is Jefferson or Milsap. They need to focus on good drafting, and acquiring YOUNG players with POTENTIAL. Free agency will be used for picking up role players as that’s about it.

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