Magic beat Clippers 94-85 to end 4-game skid
LOS ANGELES: Dwight Howard scored 22 points and the Orlando Magic defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 9485 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 doubledouble 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 1910 in the third. Howard picked up his fourth foul just 1 ½ 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. -Ap