The Orlando Magic rallied after blowing a double-digit lead to upset the Los Angeles Clippers, 98-90, on Wednesday night. The up-and-coming Magic are now 3-0 at home this season and one game above .500 overall.
This game was expected to be an easy win for Los Angeles, but the Clippers fell behind by 15 points entering halftime before turning things around in the third quarter. Chris Paul and company dominated that period, 32-15, to eventually take a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter. From there on out, it was a back-and-forth affair as Orlando fought hard to get the win.
Big man Nikola Vucevic was especially impressive for Orlando, finishing with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting and 21 rebounds -- his fifth career 20-20 game. Vucevic's presence proved pivotal as the Clippers tried to assert their physical dominance in the second half against a younger Magic team, and he scored 10 of the team's final 12 points.
Paul recorded his fifth straight double-double, putting up 18 points and 10 assists in the loss, while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 19 points and blocked four shots. Blake Griffin finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
The Magic also got 11 points apiece from Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo. Afflalo shot just 5 of 16 from the floor, but recorded six rebounds, five assists and two steals with zero turnovers.