Late rally helps Magic snap Clippers' record streak

Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:21pm EST
 

(Reuters) - The high-flying Los Angeles Clippers came down to earth with an unexpected late bump in a 104-101 loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday, their first defeat at home after a franchise record 13-game win streak.

With Blake Griffin recording 30 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, the Clippers never trailed until bench player J.J. Redick finally put the Magic ahead on a three-pointer with 42 seconds left.

Though Los Angeles All-Star guard Chris Paul hit a 15-foot jumper that cut the deficit to 102-101 with 33 seconds remaining, a slam dunk from Nikola Vucevic stretched Orlando's lead to 104-101.

Jamal Crawford, a tower of strength off the bench all season for the Clippers, missed a three-point attempt on the buzzer and the Magic were able to celebrate the end of a 10-game skid.

Arron Afflalo scored a season-high 30 points for the visiting team and Redick finished with 21 on eight-of-14 shooting to snap the Clippers' franchise-record win streak of 13-game, home-winning streak.

"An embarrassing performance for us today," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro told reporters. "We got outworked in every aspect -- second-chance points, rebounding.

"We wanted to take the three (point) ball out of the game and today we didn't do that at all."

Griffin, who made 15-of-22 attempts from the field, was bitterly disappointed after the Magic outscored the Clippers 29-18 in the final quarter.

"This was a bad loss," he said.   Continued...