Clippers cruise past struggling Magic
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points and Chris
Kaman added 15 as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Orlando Magic, 90-73,
at Staples Center.
Chris Wilcox, starting in place of the injured Elton Brand, scored just five
points but grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in the victory. Brand is day-to-
day with a hip injury.
Sam Cassell tallied 13 points and Daniel Ewing added 10 points and six
rebounds to help the Clippers snap a two-game losing streak.
Jameer Nelson paced Orlando with 18 points and five assists, but backcourt
mate Steve Francis struggled with 10 points on 3-of-16 shooting in the loss.
DeShawn Stevenson contributed 13 points and Hedo Turkoglu added 11 for
Orlando, which has lost four of its last five games.
Orlando again played without forward Grant Hill, who continues to be bothered
by a nagging groin injury.
Trailing 27-18 after the first quarter, the Clippers ran off 18 of the next 23
points to seize a four-point edge. Quinton Ross’ three-point play gave Los
Angeles the lead at 35-32 with 4:41 left in the half.
Mobley, Kaman and Wilcox each tallied four points and Ross donated five during
The Clippers took a 44-39 lead into halftime as Orlando only mustered 12
Los Angeles never trailed in the third quarter and ended the stanza with a
Orlando scored the first five points of the final period on a three by
Stevenson and jumper by Turkoglu, but got no closer. James Singleton’s putback
and breakaway slam put the Clippers back in front by double-digits, 74-64,
with 9:31 left.
The Clippers held a comfortable advantage for the remainder of the game.
Los Angeles is 11-5 at home this season…Orlando is 4-10 on the road and has
lost five straight away from home…The Clippers have won four of the last
five meetings, including three straight at home, versus Orlando…Tony Battie
grabbed 13 rebounds for the Magic…Singleton scored nine points and grabbed
11 boards in the win.