Clippers rally for 2nd consecutive night to Magic Peak, 111-102

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Luke Kennard scored 17 points, Amir Coffey added 15 and the Clippers rallied to beat…

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Luke Kennard scored 17, Amir Coffey added 15, and the Clippers rallied to beat the Orlando Magic 111-102 on Wednesday night, a day after Los Angeles made its second-biggest comeback in the calendar NBA history.

The Clippers maxed out by 14 points on Wednesday, and were two points behind at the start of the fourth inning, in which they overcame the Magic 35-24. While it’s not as impressive as the 35-point deficit LA increased from Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, it was good enough to give the team its third win in four games.

The Seven Clippers made 3 passes, including 4 from Nicolas Batum in the first half, to go 15 of 28 from behind the arc. Reggie Jackson took a 20-9 lead to open the fourth half with a 3 point to give the Clippers a 96-87 lead.

Orlando had a 78-76 advantage over three periods – this was only the 10th time all season to lead the way into the quarterfinals. But the Magic failed in their attempt to win a second straight game for only the second time this season and were beaten by the worst NBA 3-18 home streak at home.

Orlando’s Franz Wagner leads with 21 points and nine assists, while Cole Anthony has 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Rookie Jalen Suggs scored 14 points, as did veteran keeper Gary Harris.

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


Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said Tuesday’s rally – when Luke Kennard switched four-pointer play with 1.9 seconds left – was symbolic of the “no excuses” mentality his team has it applied. Lue said even without superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, he still hopes the Clippers will make it to the knockout stages.

“It’s just about, ‘keep competing’ – that’s the culture we’ve established here,” says Lue. “No matter who’s on the floor or who’s out, there’s no excuse and keep playing the game properly.”

One of the highlights of the season for the Clippers has been the ability to stay in games even after a big loss. They went from 25 to Denver on January 11 and after falling behind 24 in Philadelphia on January 21, and they won both games.

The Clippers are the only NBA franchise in the past 25 years to have written off a deficit as large as 24 points three times in a single season. And in the past four years – including the playoffs – the Clippers have the most seven wins in the NBA by at least 24 points.


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

Magic: Terrence Ross and Harris were available after missing one game through injury. Harris, who played 30 games, switched to a substitute role.


Clippers: Play in Miami on Friday night.

Magic: Host Detroit on Friday night.


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