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Clippers beat Orlando Magic, 103-101, snapping their five-game win streak

Clippers beat Orlando Magic, 103-101, snapping their five-game win streak
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic, right, in action against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the first half of thegame at the Staples Centeron Saturday. (MIKE NELSON / EPA)

It appeared as though the Clippers were doomed before the fourth quarter even began.

They entered Saturday's game against the Orlando Magic with a 0-7 record in games that they trailed after three quarters. They broke that spell with a 103-100 victory over the Magic.

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.

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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 DeAndre Jordan and a three-pointer from Wesley Johnson.

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With 4.3 seconds left and the Clippers up 102-100, Victor Oladipo missed a jumper that would have tied the game. In the final 10 seconds, Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford each made one free throw for the Clippers, while Elfrid Payton made one free throw for the Magic.

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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 J.J. Redick (sprained right ankle), who average a combined 30.4 points a game.

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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.

The Clippers finished their six-game homestand with four wins and two losses. They leave Sunday for a five-game trip.

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