The west coast swing for the Orlando Magic has not been kind to them at all, as the first four games of a five game road trip have all ended in losses. Playing on the second game of a back-to-back, the Magic looked to get off the snide against the surging Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Saturday night.
Instead, Orlando dropped its fourth consecutive game in a row and fell 113-105 to Los Angeles and now are currently 20-47 on the season, with 15 games remaining. The Magic will end the road trip with a visit to Texas and face the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
”They played lights out,” Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ”You’ve got to tip your cap to them, they’re playing very well.”
Clippers’ guard Lou Williams (25 points) and former Magic forward Tobias Harris (21 points) led Los Angeles in scoring. Orlando’s Shelvin Mack is good friends with Williams and knew the Clippers’ guard was going to get his fair share of points one way or another.
”Lou made some great plays down the end,” Mack said about Williams. ”He’s very aggressive. He’s my good friend. I play with him all the time. He can go 0-for-20 and he still thinks he’s going to make the next one. He just kept firing.”
Orlando was without starting power forward Aaron Gordon, who is still dealing with concussion-like symptoms. Magic rookie Jonathan Isaac got the nod at forward again and had a solid night in Gordon’s place. Isaac scored nine points and collected five rebounds against the Clippers.
The Magic got the bulk of its scoring load from three other starters, which included Jonathan Simmons (24 points), D.J. Augustin (19 points) and Nikola Vucevic (17 points). Mack added 16 points off the bench for Orlando.