Clippers defeat Magic 85-76, eleventh consecutive loss

ORLANDO – Eric Bledsoe scored a career high 27 points and had seven rebounds with six steals as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Orlando Magic 85-76 Wednesday night, Feb. 6 at the Amway Center.

Despite not playing Blake Griffin (strained left hamstring) and Chris Paul (Bruised right kneecap), the Clippers (35-16) were capable of ending their three game losing slump and handed the Magic (14-35) their eleventh consecutive loss.

“When you’re working with different combinations, you’re asking guys to do more than what we’ve asked them in the past,” said Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn when asked on how to find consistency on offense.

“Tough adjustment to do that on a game-to-game basis, you know different lineups and playing with different individuals on the floor, doesn’t make it easier but that’s part of basketball. So were going to have to deal with it.”

Jameer Nelson lead all scorers for Orlando with 18 points that all came in the first half,  but went scoreless during the second half only taking five shots as Los Angeles made a defensive adjustment on him.

“They made some adjustments, denying me and blitzing me,” said Magic point guard Nelson.

“The thing that really killed us tonight was that we got stops and they got those offensive rebounds and that kind of deflates you a little bit. It’s something that we always talk about, but tonight we just didn’t come up with enough of them.”

The Magic converted six points off of the Clippers’ seven early turnovers, which kept them trailing throughout the first quarter. Los Angeles would adjust and end the game with fewer turnovers at 14, compared to Orlando’s 18.

Los Angeles would feed off the energy provided by their 25 points off the bench, and secure their second half leads.

“We didn’t turn it over as much in the second half,” said Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro.

“Ryan Hollins stepped up for us tonight, obviously Eric played very well, Lamar had six steals, DeAndre rebounded, so it was a total team effort.”

Both teams were without their three top scores as J.J. Redick had a sore right shoulder, and Glen Davis is out indefinitely with a fractured foot.

As for Orlando’s rising star Nikola Vucevic, he recorded another double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. He was also announced to play on the All-Star Rising Stars game in Houston during the All-Star Break.

Orlando will play their next game on Sunday, Feb. 10 against the Portland Trail Blazers as they seek to break the losing streak.