Monday , Dec , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Clippers pound Magic to end Orlando’s six-game run

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Elton Brand poured in 31 points as the Los
Angeles Clippers cooled off the Orlando Magic with a 116-91 thrashing at the
Staples Center.

Tim Thomas scored 20 points, going 5-of-7 from three point range for the
Clippers, who have won two of their last three after losing five straight.

Corey Maggette had 17 points and Sam Cassell had 13 for LA, which set season-
highs in field-goal percentage (60.3), points in a half (66) and points in a
game (116).

“We did a lot of good things,” said LA head coach Mike Dunleavy. “We had good
ball movement and played good defense.”

Dwight Howard had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Magic, who saw their
six-game winning streak come to an end. It was just Orlando’s second loss in
its last 12 games.

“We didn’t have a whole lot of energy tonight and we got a good ole fashioned
butt-whooping,” said Magic head coach Brian Hill.

Brand jumped out to a hot start, scoring 17 of his 31 points in the first
quarter as the Clippers took a 35-29 lead.

Chris Kaman converted a three-point play to start the second quarter to ignite
an 11-4 LA run that gave the Clippers a 46-33 lead on Quinton Ross’ reverse
layup with 7:48 left before halftime.

After the teams traded baskets, Maggette converted two free throws and dropped
in a layup to make it a 17-point game as LA took a 66-49 lead into the break.

Orlando came out strong to start the second half, as Grant Hill scored two
straight baskets to cap an 11-4 run that brought the Magic within 70-60.

Orlando managed to get within eight in the quarter, but LA ripped off seven
straight points, capped by a Thomas’ three, to take an 88-75 lead into the
fourth.

The Magic pulled to within 10 on a Darko Milicic layup, but Thomas drained
another trey to start a 9-0 Clippers’ burst that effectively put the game
away.

Game Notes

The Clippers improved to 8-2 as the host this season…Hedo Turkoglu scored 15
points while Jameer Nelson had 13 for the Magic, who are 3-1 on their current
six-game road trip…LA has won four straight against Orlando.

LAC ORL