It appeared as though the
They entered Saturday's game against the
In the third quarter, the Clippers were outshot from the field, 60% to 39.1%, and from beyond the three-point line, 57.1% to 0%. They entered the fourth quarter down, 79-74.
The Magic went on to push that advantage to as much as 12 points at the top of the fourth quarter, their biggest advantage of the game.
The Clippers, however, clawed their way out of that hole, eventually taking a three-point lead, 99-96, with just over three minutes left after a 13-0 run that included a backwards slam dunk from
With 4.3 seconds left and the Clippers up 102-100,
In many ways the deck was stacked against the Clippers before the game even began. After all, the Clippers were without two starters -- Chris Paul (inflamed rib cartilage) and
But the Clippers had some big performances from other guys. Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 32 points on 10-for-19 shooting. Blake Griffin had 28 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Wesley Johnson had a season-high 21 points off the bench. DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds.
Oladipo led the Magic with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The Magic had entered Saturday's game having won five in a row.