Howard, Magic Pull Away In Fourth Quarter To Defeat Clippers

The Clippers have lost nine straight games to the Magic.

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Poor Fourth Quarter Dooms Clippers In Orlando, 101-85

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard finished with 22 points and 20 rebounds as the Magic used a strong fourth quarter to top the Clippers, 101-85, at Amway Center. Jameer Nelson added 17 points as six players scored in double figures for the Magic, who have won nine straight against the Clippers. Ryan Anderson contributed 13 points and five boards, while J.J. Redick added 12 points and six boards in a reserve role.

"It would be great to blow a team out every night, but tonight we didn't shoot the ball very well," Anderson said. "We had to get ourselves back into a groove." Earl Clark and Jason Richardson both supplied 10 points for Orlando, which has won two of three.

Baron Davis paced the Clippers with a game-high 25 points alongside eight assists and eight boards. Blake Griffin was held to 10 points and 12 boards, while Ike Diogu scored 18 off the bench for Los Angeles, which has dropped four straight and is 0-3 on an 11-game road swing. "We came out a few times with too many jumpers, not enough ball movement" Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We got very stagnant."

After the teams traded baskets to open the fourth, the Magic used a 12-0 run to take control. Clark's dunk with 7:01 capped the rally to give Orlando an 82-70 lead. The Clippers responded with a Randy Foye three-pointer on their next possession, but Anderson then connected on one of the five three-pointers the Magic made in the quarter.

Redick and Anderson made back-to-back threes moments later, giving Orlando a 91-78 advantage with 4:17 left, and the Magic's lead never fell below 11 down the stretch. The Clippers shot 47.4 percent in the first quarter to take a 23-21 lead. An identical second quarter gave Los Angeles a 46-42 edge at the break. In the third, Davis paced the Clippers with 10 points. However, the Magic outscored Los Angeles 24-19 and carried a 66-65 lead into the fourth.

The Clippers' last victory over Orlando came on December 3, 2006...The Magic swept the season series, having claimed a 94-85 win at Staples Center on December 12...Orlando is 19-7 at the Amway Center this season...The Clippers' 11-game trek will also feature visits to the Knicks, Cavaliers, Raptors, Bucks, T-Wolves, Thunder, and Hornets, before they face the Lakers at Staples Center on February 25...The Magic held a 49-37 rebounding advantage...This was Howard's fifth 20-point, 20-rebound game this season and 31st of his career...Diogu and Davis recorded season highs in points...Orlando held a 23-11 advantage in second chance points...Both teams committed 18 turnovers.

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Clippers Continue Road Trip In Orlando Against Magic, As Eric Gordon Returns To L.A. To See Doctors

The Los Angeles Clippers continue their road trip Tuesday in Orlando against the Magic, and will do so without Eric Gordon, who has returned to Los Angeles to meet with doctors about his injured wrist. Gordon, who has missed the last seven games with both a sprain and a small bone chip fracture in his right wrist, flew back to Los Angeles Monday and will meet with doctors today, per Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times. The Clippers are 2-5 in the last seven games without Gordon.

The Orlando Magic are struggling in their own right, and are just 7-8 in their last 15 games. However, the Magic are 18-7 at home this season, and have defeated the Clippers eight straight times. The Clippers are just 3-17 on the road this season, and have lost six straight games away from home, with their last road win coming December 27 in Sacramento.

Blake Griffin had 21 points and 16 rebounds on Sunday in Miami, his ninth straight double-double. This streak began one game after his franchise record of 27 consecutive double-doubles ended (with a 29 point, eight rebound performance against Kevin Love and Minnesota), so Griffin has had at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in 36 of his last 37 games. Griffin has 42 double-doubles in 50 games this season, the second-highest total in the NBA.

Dwight Howard of the Magic is working on a streak of his own. The Orlando center has 10 straight double-doubles and  has 40 on the season. Tonight's game features the top three dunkers in the NBA; Howard leads the league with 131 dunks this season, Griffin is second with 116 slams, and teammate DeAndre Jordan is third with 94.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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