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Los Angeles Clippers Vs. Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard Leads Magic Over Clippers, 101-85

Dwight Howard's double-double powered the Orlando Magic to a 101-85 win over Blake Griffin's Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

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Clippers Vs. Magic: Orlando Owns The 4th, Beats Los Angeles 101-85

The Magic opened up the lead with a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter. Dwight Howard registered his 5th 20/20 game of the year, and the 31st of his career. Orlando finished the game with six of their players in double digits, inlcuding 17 points from Jameer Nelson and 13 from Ryan Anderson. Those two combined for seven of the ten Magic three-pointers. The team finished the game shooting 43% which was a marked improvement from the first half. The also out-rebounded LA 49-37.

The Clippers, who started off strong, could not withstand the increased tempo that the Magic brought in the second half. Blake Griffin woke up a little bit in the fourth quarter, logging a double/double of his own with 10 points and 12 assists. Baron Davis led all scorers and finished the game with 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, an excellent all-around game. Ike Diogu made a big splash off the bench, finishing with 18 points.

Howard attributed their second-half improvements to playing better defense and getting a chance to run on defense and offense, as was made evident by their 25 fast-break points.

The Clippers are now 0-3 on their current 11-game road trip.


Clippers Vs. Magic: Orlando Takes The Lead, Los Angeles Keep It Close

Dwight Howard has himself his 43rd double/double, and since Orlando's three-pointers aren't falling (they are currently 4-20) it's a good thing he's been getting his signature dunks in. He did, however, have to take a seat with four fouls midway through the quarter. With about 5 minutes to go in the third, the Magic went on an 13-0 scoring run, using their fast-break offense to grab the lead. Once the momentum swung in their favor, the game took on a different look completely.

On a slightly comical note for the Clippers, Ryan Gomes is the player who has taken the most shots (11) but made the fewest, comparatively. Baron Davis is the only member of the team in double digits, and he isn't getting much help from superstar Blake Griffin. Davis racked up 10 points in the quarter, and kept his team in the game. They finished the third down by just one after the Magic were able to build an eight point lead.

There was just one highlight dunk, and it was, of course, an alleyoop to Griffin. At least he hasn't completely disappeared from this game.


Clippers Vs. Magic: Los Angeles Holding The Lead At Halftime, Orlando Not Shooting Well

The Magic hit their second and third three pointers with about 2 minutes left in the half, and Jameer Nelson, who made the first one, also put these two in to tie the game. They lead the league in three-pointers taken and made, but have started off stagnant tonight. They also gave up 10 turnovers, and the Clippers were able to convert them to 22 points, which is a large reason why they are leading at the half. 

For the Clippers, Baron Davis continues to lead the way in scoring with 12 points, three of which came from a dumb foul by Jason Richardson behind the three-point line. He also leads Los Angeles in rebounds with six. Blake Griffin has been having a very quiet quarter, but the forward Ike Diogu has been filling in nicely off the bench with eight points. The Clippers have nine steals, but are being out-rebounded by the Magic 25-19.


Clippers Vs. Magic: Dwight Howard Is A Rebounding Fool, & Blake Griffin Can Dunk

The Clippers lead the Magic at the end of the first quarter, thanks to some evenly-distributed scoring from the starters. They were led by Baron Davis who shot a perfect 2-2 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line for six points. Just behind him with five points was the monster Blake Griffin, whose first shot of the night was, of course, a dunk.

The Orlando Magic are naturally relying heavily on Dwight Howard who leads his team at the end of the quarter with six points and already 10 rebounds. The Magic only went 1-7 from three point land in the quarter, but it's doubtful that they'll stay that cold for long, since the three-ball is their bread and butter.

Lowlight of the first quarter? JJ Redick getting his ankles broken on a fake by Randy Foye. He literally fell over backwards. Highlight? On the ensuing possession, Dwight Howard getting an alleyoop from Jameer Nelson for some weird yet impressive dunk. 


Los Angeles Clippers Vs. Orlando Magic: Blake Griffin Looks To Extend Orlando's Slump

(Sports Network) - The Orlando Magic have just one win in their last four games and will try to get back on track tonight at Amway Center versus a Los Angeles Clippers team they have dominated in the past.

Orlando has beaten the Clippers eight straight times and posted a 94-85 win in this series back on Dec. 12 at Staples Center. Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson finished with 22 and 17 points, respectively, in that one for the Magic, winners in four straight as the host in this series.

The Magic are coming off a 91-80 loss in Boston on Sunday, as Howard scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a battle between Eastern Conference heavyweights. Jason Richardson and Nelson both ended with 10 points, while Ryan Anderson netted 12 for Orlando, which trailed by as many as 16 points and shot a dreadful 3-of-24 from three-point range.

"I was awful. I could not find anything for us to run to get a decent shot," said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. "I didn't know who to play. I really did a poor job today."

Van Gundy's squad is back in the Magic Kingdom to play eight of nine games in front of the home crowd. The Magic are 18-7 at Amway Center this season.

The Clippers will continue their Grammy Awards road trip Tuesday and have lost three in a row, including the first two tests on the 11-game trek. In Sunday's 97-79 setback in Miami, Blake Griffin led the way with 21 points and 16 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has dropped five of seven games and six in a row on the road. LA is only 3-17 as the visitor and its 79 points against the Heat were a season low.

"No one shot the ball very well for us," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We just couldn't put enough offensive pressure on them at all."

Randy Foye scored 15 points and Baron Davis contributed 14 points and six assists for Los Angeles, which will also visit New York, Cleveland, Toronto, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Oklahoma City and New Orleans before returning to southern California on Feb. 25 to play the role as road team in their own building against the Lakers.

The Clippers will continue to toil without top guard Eric Gordon, who's out with a balky wrist. Gordon is averaging a career-high 24.1 points per game.

Griffin now has posted a double-double in nine straight games and 42 overall this season.

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