LOS ANGELES — The Clippers found themselves facing a two-point deficit at the break before allowing their defense to take control of the game in the second half en route to a 113-105 victory over the Orlando Magic. The Clippers managed to get back-to-back wins against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic, respectively, to remain in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings.
The Clippers have now won four of their last five, and are 11-4 in their last 15 overall.
“Tonight was a struggle, you could just see it,” head coach Doc Rivers said after the game. “You come off the game last night, and I thought it was a mental struggle for us. We hung in there long enough, but then in the fourth quarter we got enough stops. Give Orlando credit, it’s a bunch of guys right now when you look at them, and they’re out of the playoffs, but they’re making you play hard and they’re not just rolling over. That’s a testimony to Frank [Vogel] and his whole group.”
Lou Williams started for the second-straight game, finishing with 25 Saturday. He has now scored 20-plus points in 30 of his last 36 games, including 19-of-22 games coming off the bench.
Tobias Harris eclipsed the 20-point mark for the fourth straight game, finishing with 21 against Orlando. He has scored 20-plus points in nine-of-15 games as a Clipper.
“It’s different, we’ve got a new dynamic of guys, but it’s a good win for us,” Harris said about playing with a new group. “A bit sloppy at times, but it was good that we just fought through it and were able to come out with the victory.”
The Clippers trailed the Magic 58-56 at halftime. The first half was a story of inconsistency. An added focus on the defensive end in the second half turned things around, though, as the Clippers went on to hold Orlando to below 29 percent shooting in the fourth quarter and jut 16 points.
On the other hand, Williams got hot late to score 10 of his 25 points in the final quarter.
“Some of the stuff is out of our control, but a lot of it we can control,” Williams said of not looking ahead. “The only thing we can control is to go out and play one game at a time and just live with the results.”
The Clippers hit the road this week starting with a matchup in Chicago against the Bulls Tuesday night.
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