Magic beat Clip­pers 94-85 to end 4-game skid

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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