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Magic beat Clippers 104-101 to end 10-game skid

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm •  Published: January 12, 2013
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"An embarrassing performance for us," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We got what we deserved."

The Magic had earlier fourth-quarter leads against Miami, the Knicks, Portland and Denver this season, but were unable to finish. Not this time against a sluggish Clippers team that was coming off two days' rest, as was the Magic.

"We weren't just losing and not giving the effort," Afflalo said. "We were losing very close games and we kept fighting."

The Magic had been struggling since big man Glen Davis hurt his left shoulder on Dec. 19. They finally won their first game without him, improving to 6-11 on the road and 13-23 overall since he got injured.

"We were able to put it together, and some things went our way," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said. "We earned it."

Orlando opened the third with a 17-9 run, including 12 by Afflalo to make it 66-66.

"Seven of our last 10 games have all been one possession games at one point or another in the last minute and we just haven't had the ball bounce our way," Redick said. "The law of averages worked out."

Powered by Griffin, the Clippers ended the period on an identical 17-9 spurt to lead 83-75. Griffin scored their final 10 points, highlighted by an alley-oop dunk and back-to-back hook shots, the latter banking in on a turnaround move.

Grant Hill made his season debut for the Clippers, entering the game to a standing ovation in the fourth. The seven-time All-Star had missed 36 games with a bone bruise in his right knee. He made two free throws and had two rebounds in six minutes.

"When Vinny called my number, I was really nervous," he said. "But that's part of it, the butterflies. It's still kind of new, getting out there and playing with this team. The most important thing is that my knee felt good. My legs were a little heavy. But I passed the test."

The Clippers led by 13 points twice in the first half. The Magic tied the game three times in the second quarter before the Clippers restored their lead to double digits on a 3-pointer by Paul that capped a 13-0 run.

NOTES: Hill played his 998th NBA game. He hadn't played since Oct. 13 when he had eight points and three rebounds in an exhibition game against Miami in Shanghai. ... Vaughn said Davis is progressing back in Orlando and there's "nothing negative" in his rehab. ... Del Negro watched his alma mater, 20th-ranked North Carolina State, upset No. 1 Duke before his game. ... Vaughn spent the team's off day visiting his parents in nearby Pasadena, where he starred as a prep player. ... Shaquille O'Neal sat courtside wearing a Dodgers hoodie, while Dodgers manager Don Mattingly attended, too.