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Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Magic's luck changes in win over Clippers

AP

LOS ANGELES — Two streaking teams going in opposite directions. The Clippers, co-owners of the NBA's best record and on a roll at home. The Magic, playing opponents close only to fall short while piling up the franchise's longest skid since the 2003-04 season.

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Hocus pocus: Magic guard Jameer Nelson (left) attempts to shoot over Clippers forward Blake Griffin on Saturday in Los Angeles. Orlando won 104-101. AP

Something had to give, and this time, it was the Clippers.

J.J. Redick gave Orlando its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo tied his season high with 30 points, and the Magic won 104-101 on Saturday to snap a 10-game skid.

"It wasn't a letdown by us. Don't try to take anything away from them," Clippers guard Chris Paul said. "They made tough shot after tough shot. J.J. Redick had a hand in his face half the time."

The loss ended the Clippers' franchise-record, 13-game home-winning streak and provided them with a scare when All-Star Paul went down holding his right knee with 54 seconds to go.

"It was real scary," Paul said. "I was looking up, trying to run down the ball, and J.J. Redick and I bumped knees."

Paul returned after a timeout and hit a 15-footer to draw his team within one with 33 seconds left.

But the Clippers turned the ball over on Jamal Crawford's offensive foul, with Redick drawing the charge.

"I got the ball in transition and I thought I saw Matt (Barnes) over there," Crawford said. "I thought I made the right decision, but J.J. Redick guessed right. I thought he was going to rotate, so I faced it. When I put the ball down he stayed there, so lucky guess."

Josh McRoberts found Nikola Vucevic open under the basket, and Vucevic dunked to extend Orlando's lead to 104-101 with 8 seconds left.

After a timeout, Crawford missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

"We got muffled a little, so we tried to make the best out of the situation," he said.

The Clippers were 6 of 6 from the free throw line, and Orlando was 15 of 19.

"That's unheard of," Paul said. "Blake (Griffin) takes 22 shots and no free throws. That's not typical for us."

Heat 128, Kings 99

In Sacramento, Mario Chalmers had career highs with 10 3-pointers and 34 points to lead the Heat to a victory over the Kings.

LeBron James had 20 points, seven assists, five steals and a pair of blocks for the Heat, who had a season-high point total. Miami, which hadn't topped 100 points in its previous four games, got a needed bounceback win after losing two straight and five of eight since Dec. 26.

Wizards 93, Hawks 83

In Washington, John Wall gave his teammates a lift with 14 points and four assists in his first game of the season, and the worst-in-NBA Wizards have their first winning streak.

Wall's playing time will be limited as he returns from a knee injury, but he appeared to have his old speed and explosiveness back while playing seven minutes in the first half and 15 in the second half.

Mavericks 104, Grizzlies 83

In Dallas, Shawn Marion scored a season-high 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and the Mavericks won consecutive games for the first time in a month.

76ers 107, Rockets 100

In Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 12 rebounds and the 76ers snapped a five-game losing streak.

Suns 97, Bulls 81

In Chicago, Luis Scola scored 22 points to help the Suns snap a five-game losing streak.

Jazz 90, Pistons 87

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Al Jefferson scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter, and Utah rallied for the win.

Pacers 96, Bobcats 88

In Indianapolis, George Hill scored 19 points, D.J. Augustin added a season-high 18 and the Pacers earned their fourth straight win.



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