Eric Bledsoe - Douglas Jones - USA Today Sports
Even without two All-Stars and their sixth man, the Clippers topped the Magic on Wednesday. The loss is Orlando's 11th in a row.
It was another low-scoring game for the Orlando Magic as they hosted the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. But a depleted Magic roster isn't a good enough excuse to lose to a Los Angeles Clippers team that is also missing its core of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Jamal Crawford. The Clippers were on a three-game losing streak, but didn't have much of a problem snapping it.
It was point guard Eric Bledsoe who obliterated the Magic's transition defense with his speed and agility. John Wall's former backup at Kentucky finished with a game-high 27 points and filled up the hustle stats with six of the Clippers' 16 steals. Lamar Odom stole the ball six times as well.
Although Jameer Nelson returned to the lineup after sustaining an arm injury, he couldn't get his team over the hump alone. He scored 18 points in the first half and couldn't find his stroke during the second half, going scoreless and missing all five of his shot attempts.
Nik Vucevic recorded his 27th double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds), though it wasn't in the most efficient fashion as he shot 7-of-21 from the field.
Kyle O`Quinn played a season-high 18 minutes and during his short stint, he hauled down a career-high nine rebounds.
When Orlando doesn't shoot the ball well (34.5-percent) and turns the ball over 18 times, those two factors will result in a loss.
The Magic will visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.