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Without their three leading scorers, Orlando struggled offensively in their loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.

Andrew Nicholson, Jameer Nelson, DeAndre Jordan, and Nikola Vučević
Andrew Nicholson, Jameer Nelson, DeAndre Jordan, and Nikola Vučević
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The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, 86-76, in a battle of two shorthanded teams. L.A. didn't have Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, its All-Star core, nor did it have crucial sixth-man Jamal Crawford. Minus Arron Afflalo and J.J. Redick, Orlando didn't have its two leading scorers.

L.A. prevailed because its secondary players filled the roles the absent Clippers vacated: point guard Eric Bledsoe set a new career-high with 27 points and tallied six steals, while Lamar Odom also had six steals as the Clippers disrupted Orlando's miserable offense.

Team Pace Efficiency eFG% FT Rate OReb% TO Rate
Clippers 91.5 94.0 43.9% 17.1 26.4 14.2
Magic 91.5 83.0 37.9% 11.5 28.6 19.7
Green denotes a stat better than the team's 2012/13 average;
red denotes a stat worse than the team's 2012/13 average.

Almost one-in-five Orlando trips up the floor ended with a turnover. No team missing such crucial offensive pieces can hope to put up much of a fight when turning the ball over at such a high rate. The Magic also shot poorly, going 8-of-41 (19.5 percent) on shot attempts outside the painted area.

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