The Orlando Magic snapped their 10-game losing streak on Saturday by upsetting the Los Angeles Clippers, who entered the game tied for the NBA's best record, on the road in STAPLES Center. Arron Afflalo scored 30 points for Orlando, while J.J. Redick scored 21 points--including the go-ahead triple with less than a minute remaining--off the bench.
In a slow game--we estimate roughly 89 possessions for each team--the Magic hung 104 points on the league's third-ranked defense. They shot 11-of-25 from three-point range and 12-of-26 on long two-pointers, avoiding the Clippers' big front line of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to instead attack with their wings.
|Team||Pace||Efficiency||eFG%||FT Rate||OReb%||TO Rate|
|Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;|
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.
Orlando fed the Clippers' transition game, particularly in the first half, by committing several live-ball turnovers. That dynamic changed in the second half, when the Clippers turned the Magic's six miscues into only five points.
Another factor in the Magic's come-from-behind win was their work on the glass after halftime. Nikola Vučević had seven boards in the second half as Orlando outrebounded the hosts, 24-18. Offensive boards from Josh McRoberts and Vučević helped set up Redick for his tie-breaking three.