Clippers Rally for the second straight night to Top Magic, 111-102 – CBS Los Angeles

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Amir Coffey scored 19 points, Luke Kennard added 17 and the Clippers rallied to defeat the Orlando Magic 111-102 on Wednesday night, a day after Los Angeles made the second-biggest comeback in NBA history.

The Clippers were down by a maximum of 14 points Wednesday and were two points down at the start of the fourth quarter, in which they beat the Magic 35-24. While it wasn’t as impressive as the 35-point deficit LA posted against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, it was good enough to give the team its third win in four games.

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Seven Clippers made 3 points, including four from Nicolas Batum in the first half to score 15 from 28 from behind the arc. Reggie Jackson capped a 20-9 run to open the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer that gave the Clippers a 96-87 lead.

Orlando held a 78-76 advantage at the end of three periods – going into the last quarter for only the 10th time of the entire season. But the Magic failed in their bid to win a second straight game for the second time this season, falling to an NBA-worst 3-18 at home.

Orlando’s Franz Wagner led the team with 21 points and nine assists, while Cole Anthony had 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Rookie Jalen Suggs scored 14 points, as did veteran guard Gary Harris.

It was the 16th time in 17 games that the Clippers had defeated the Magic.


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Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said Tuesday’s rally – when Luke Kennard converted a four-point game by 1.9 seconds – was symbolic of the no excuses mentality his team had adopted. Lue said even without superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, he expects the Clippers to make the playoffs.

“It was just about ‘staying competitive’ — that’s the culture that we’ve established here,” said Lue. “No matter who’s on the floor or who’s off, no excuses and keep playing the game right.”

One of the hallmarks of the season for the Clippers was their ability to stay in the game while going deep. They bounced back from 25 behind against Denver on January 11 and after falling 24 behind in Philadelphia on January 21, and they won both games.

The Clippers are the only NBA franchise in the past 25 years to have eliminated deficits of up to 24 points three times in one season. And over the past four years — including playoff games — the Clippers have the most seven NBA wins by at least 24 points.


Clippers: Jackson was replaced by Eric Bledsoe just 82 seconds into the game after committing two early fouls. Bledsoe had 13 points as the Clippers had a 49-27 bench scoring advantage.

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Magic: Terrence Ross and Harris were available again after a one-game injury break. Harris, who has started 30 games, moved to a reserve role.

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