Chuma Okeke scored 18 points for the Orlando Magic as they rallied past LA Clippers in the most dominating of ways in the last quarter to win 103-96, breaking the latter side’s 6 game winning streak with venom. Especially after losing all of their key players in the trade deadline, this has to be one of the best performances in the last quarter by the Magic.
The LA Clippers led 51-37 at halftime on the strength of shooting 52.5% in the first half (21 of 40), but struggled in the third quarter, going 2 of 13 from beyond the arc as Orlando got within 73-70 at the end of the quarter.
Orlando Magic rally past LA Clippers in the 4th quarter 103-96
The Magic didn’t have the lead until late in the fourth quarter and went on a 17-3 run to close the game. Kawhi Leonard made a pair of free throws to give the Clippers a 93-86 lead with 2:36 remaining before the Magic scored 11 straight points to take the lead.
Terrence Ross tied it at 93 with 1:46 remaining on two free throws, and Wendell Carter Jr. put the Magic in front with 1:10 remaining with a tip-in after James Ennis III missed a layup, making it 95-94.
Ross scored 15 points and Otto Porter Jr. added 13 for the Magic, who snapped a seven-game road losing streak.
Paul George missed his second straight game because of right foot soreness. He has been out for 13 games this season. Marcus Morris Sr. did not play after scoring 25 points in Monday’s win over Milwaukee. Rajon Rondo (right adductor soreness) has yet to play since being acquired from Atlanta last week. But Head Coach Tyronn Lue said Rondo and Patrick Beverley have been doing some on-court work.