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The streak has finally ended! The Orlando Magic (13-23) beat the Los Angeles Clippers (28-9) in an exciting upset Saturday afternoon with a final score of 104-101. The Clippers entered the game tied with the Thunder for the best record in the league, and left it having failed to beat the slumpingest (it's my blog, I'll make up words if I want to) in the entire league.
Arron Afflalo played a fantastic all-around game with 30 points/7 rebounds/7 assists/1 TO in a game-high 40 minutes. Jameer Nelson was an assist away from a double-double and while Chris Paul's FG% may seem indicative of a strong defensive performance from Jameer, the 16 assists CP3 notched were a result of easy penetration. J.J. Redick led all players off the bench with 21 points, including 4 of 8 from downtown. Nik Vucevic, whom all Magic fans are becoming quickly familiar with, notched another monstrous double-double, 18 points/15 rebounds. If he isn't at least in the conversation for Most Improved Player of the Year, I would be very surprised.
Blake Griffin was brilliant in last night's game, showing that he can do more than just produce highlights (although he did that several times, as well). He put up 30 points on 68% shooting, to go along with his 8 rebounds and 7 assists. As a team, the Clippers showed that they are capable of making plays from anywhere on the court. Chris Paul, as mentioned above, had 16 assists with only 2 turnovers. Unfortunately, they couldn't get efficient production out of the streaky Jamal Crawford or the young up-and-comer, Eric Bledsoe.
This was an enormous win for the Orlando Magic's morale and for the fanbase, as well. The worst losing streak of nearly the entire last decade came to an end in the most spectacular fashion. Now, the Magic have a chance to right ship, as 7 or their next 8 games are against sub-.500 teams. The Magic will visit the Washington Wizards tomorrow at 7 p.m. EST before returning home for the following 3 games. Stay tuned for another round of the Crystal Ball predictions game, which should be posted by late Monday morning. Congratulations to Timothy Williams for winning two weeks in a row!
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I can confidently say that this is the first Ish Smith post that we've attempted on That NBA Lottery Pick and he had to do something pretty impressive to earn it.Earlier tonight, the Orlando Magic guard was playing some solid defense on Wizards guard John Wall.As he went up to attempt a block, Ish cleared Wall and leapt over him:
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***The Orlando Magic have proven once again that they are not to be slept on. The Clippers, after getting off to a 16-5 start, took their collective foot off the gas, allowing the Magic to hang around. The Magic went on to outscore the Clippers 29-18 in the fourth quarter, leading to a 104-101 victory. Arron Afflalo, a Los Angeles native, dropped 8 of his 30 in that very fourth...
(13-23) vs. (6-28)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Wizards by 1.5
Tickets: $1-$850 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Won 90-83 in Orlando on Dec. 19; Lost 105-98 in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 28; Today in Washington, D.C.; March 29 in Orlando
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They have much better memories of their last trip to Memphis.
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Trying to extend their franchise-record 13-game home...
By Ron Higgins, The Sports Xchange MEMPHIS – The last time the Los Angeles Clippers were seen in Memphis, they broke hearts last April by winning the seventh game of a Western Conference first-round playoff series over the Memphis Grizzlies. Bowed up and expecting a wire-to-wire fight in their first trip to FedExForum since the playoffs, the Clippers were as stunned as anybody...
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