ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Lou Williams scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half and Tobias Harris scored 21 as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Orlando Magic by the score of 120-95. Orlando has lost 4 games in a row and it’s the fourth loss by more than 15 or more points this season.
The Clippers used their depth to take control of the game. They outscored the Magic by 32 points. Every player who played in the game scored for Los Angeles. Williams shot 7 for 13 from the floor, hit all 5 of his 3-point shots and went 9 for 10 from the free throw line.
Harris, who played for the Magic from 2012 to 2016, did all of his damage in the opening three quarters. He scored 7 points in each of the quarters and finished the game shooting 8 for 10 from the floor. He added 7 rebounds as the Clippers won the back-end of their back to back set of games. They lost in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
“He [Tobias] was great. I love traded players when they come back. It’s just the way it works. Either they play awful or they play great. And Tobias was great tonight.”- Los Angeles Head Coach Doc Rivers on Tobias Harris
Even though the game was tied at 22 at the end of the first quarter, the Magic couldn’t find a rhythm or a fire to get things going on Friday night.
“Obviously really disappointing. Effort level, body language, like we never practiced. Difficult night. We have never been like that. This was not even close to being acceptable. Not for a professional basketball team, not if you’re prideful. We have one day to clean it up before we play in San Antonio, which is possible to do in this league. For one of the first times here, we just had the wrong body language and attitude. We have a team that I still believe can be one of the stories in this league, but we have to have great attitude, great fight and great readiness and we had none of that tonight.”- Orlando Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford on the team’s performance against the Clippers
Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Evan Fournier had 19 points as he shot 7 for 12 from the floor. Jonathan Isaac left the game in the second quarter, as he stepped on Boban Marjanovic’s ankle and sprained it. He will be evaluated on Saturday.
Orlando will return to action on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs on the road. Their next home game will be on Monday night at 7pm against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Danny Thompson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | firstname.lastname@example.org