Magic Musings: Oladipo struggles in blowout loss to Clippers
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Since being roughed up in their season opener three weeks ago at New Orleans, the Orlando Magic had been competitive in every game.
That streak came to an emphatic end Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Magic never led in a 114-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers that can't simply be written off as a case of them missing Evan Fournier, who had been averaging 17.3 points in 12 starts at the shooting guard position. Fournier sustained a left heel contusion Monday night during the win at Detroit and was not in uniform.
While Tobias Harris scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds, the Magic didn't get much help from anyone else. Victor Oladipo, in fourth game back and third start and still wearing a protective face mask, missed 10 of his 13 field-goal attempts. Willie Green, who spent the previous two seasons with the Clippers, opened in Fournier's spot and was scoreless through three quarters.
Thanks in large part to Fournier, the Magic began the night with the best 3-point shooting accuracy in the NBA at 41.6 percent. But the Clippers, who were starting a seven-game road trip, hit six of their first nine attempts from that range, including one in the second quarter from former Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu.
The Clippers didn't even much from another member of the Magic's 2009 Eastern Conference championship team, guard J.J. Redick. He entered the game shooting only 38.4 percent from the floor and went 1 of 6 in 21 minutes.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers rested all five of his starters in the fourth quarter.
THE TURNING POINT
Jamal Crawford knocked down two 3-pointers during a 15-5 run by the Clippers which gave them an 84-68 lead after three quarters.
THE DIFFERENCE MAKER
Chris Paul was his usual solid, effective self in scoring 16 points and dishing out nine assists in three quarters.
STAT OF THE GAME
Crawford nearly outscored the Magic's non-starters all by himself. He had 22 points off the Clippers' bench.
Friday night at Charlotte, 7 p.m.