Clippers end Magic streak with rout
DHoward led the Magic with 16 pts, but only 7 rebounds. HTurkoglu added 15 pts, JNelson 13 pts, and DMilicic off the bench with 11 pts. Tim Thomas added 20 pts for the Clippers, and former Magic F Corey Maggette scored 17 pts off the bench.
LAC had a decisive edge in every statistical category. LAC (44 of 73, 60.9%) outscored the Magic (37 of 79, 46.8%) from the field 93-79. LAC (23 of 28, 82.1%) had the edge at the FT line (ORL 12 of 19, 63.2%). LAC had the rebounding edge 35-32. LAC had a much better assist/turnover ratio of 26-11, compared to 18-16 for the Magic. The Magic reserves were soundly outscored by the Clippers reserves 50-31. PGarrity saw his first action in several games, going scoreless in 11 minutes.
A bad game all around, from the players down to the coaching staff. Tough game coming up MON night at SAC. Hopefully they will bring their normally outstanding defense with them to this game. Dwight was the only Magic starter to play more than 28 minutes. The Magic still lead DET by 1 1/2 games in the East and ATL by 4 1/2 games in the SE.