Orlando ends 10-game losing streak with victory over Clippers
J. J. Redick gave Orlando its first lead on a three-pointer with 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo tied his season high with 30 points, and...
LOS ANGELES — J.J. Redick gave Orlando its first lead on a three-pointer with 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo tied his season high with 30 points, and the Magic beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-101 on Saturday to snap a 10-game skid.
The loss ended the Clippers' franchise-record 13-game home-winning streak and provided them with a scare when All-Star guard Chris Paul went down holding his right knee with 54 seconds to go.
"It wasn't a letdown by us. Don't try to take anything away from them," Paul said. "They made tough shot after tough shot. J.J. Redick had a hand in his face half the time."
Paul said his injury was "real scary. I was looking up, trying to run down the ball, and J.J. Redick and I bumped knees."
Paul returned after a timeout and hit a 15-footer to draw his team within one with 33 seconds left.
But the Clippers turned the ball over on Jamal Crawford's offensive foul. Josh McRoberts found Nikola Vucevic open under the basket, and Vucevic dunked to extend Orlando's lead to 104-101 with eight seconds left.
After a timeout, Crawford, the former Rainier Beach High School star, missed a three-pointer as time expired.
Redick had 21 points, and Vucevic had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the injury-riddled Magic, which ended the franchise's longest skid since 2003-04 while also stopping a four-game road losing streak.
Blake Griffin tied his season high with 30 points, Crawford scored 13 points, and Paul had 10 points and 16 assists for the Clippers.
Grant Hill made his season debut for the Clippers, entering the game to a standing ovation in the fourth. The seven-time All-Star had missed 36 games with a bone bruise in his right knee. He made two free throws and had two rebounds in six minutes.
• John Wall gave his teammates a lift with 14 points and four assists in his first game of the season, and the worst-in-NBA Washington Wizards have their first winning streak after a 93-83 victory over visiting Atlanta. Wall's playing time will be limited as he returns from a knee injury, but he appeared to have his old speed and explosiveness back while playing seven minutes in the first half and 15 in the second half.
• Mario Chalmers had career highs with 10 three-pointers and 34 points to lead Miami to a 128-99 victory in Sacramento. Former Husky Isaiah Thomas made six three-pointers and scored a career-high 34 points for the Kings.
• George Hill scored 19 points, D.J. Augustin had a season-high 18 and the Indiana Pacers beat the visiting Charlotte Bobcats 96-88 for their fourth straight win.
• Al Jefferson scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter, and Utah rallied to beat host Detroit 90-87. Detroit's Brandon Knight missed a three-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the score after the Pistons trailed by 13 points with 3:26 left.
• Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and host Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak with a 107-100 win over Houston. Former Husky Spencer Hawes had 10 points and eight rebounds for the 76ers.
• Luis Scola scored 22 points to help visiting Phoenix beat Chicago 97-81, snapping a five-game losing streak. Phoenix had lost 12 straight on the road and got its first road win since beating Cleveland on Nov. 27.
• Shawn Marion scored a season-high 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 17 and Dallas won consecutive games for the first time in a month with a 104-83 victory over visiting Memphis.