NBA roundup: Magic end skid, slip past Clippers

Orlando’s J.J. Redick celebrates his 3-pointer as the Magic stunned the Clippers.


Orlando’s J.J. Redick celebrates his 3-pointer as the Magic stunned the Clippers.

Two streaking teams going in opposite directions.

The Clippers, co-owners of the NBA’s best record and on a roll at home.


The Magic, playing opponents close only to fall short while piling up the franchise’s longest skid since the 2003-04 season.

Something had to give, and this time, it was the Clippers.

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J.J. Redick gave Orlando its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo tied his season high with 30 points, and the Magic won, 104-101, on Saturday in Los Angeles to snap a 10-game skid.

‘‘It wasn’t a letdown by us. Don’t try to take anything away from them,’’ Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul said.

‘‘They made tough shot after tough shot. J.J. Redick had a hand in his face half the time.’’


The loss ended the Clippers’ franchise-record, 13-game home-winning streak and provided them with a scare when Paul went down holding his right knee with 54 seconds to go.

‘‘It was real scary,’’ Paul said.

“I was looking up, trying to run down the ball, and J.J. Redick and I bumped knees.’’

Heat 128, Kings 99 — Mario Chalmers had career highs with 10 3-pointers and 34 points to lead Miami’s victory in Sacramento.

LeBron James had 20 points, 7 assists, 5 steals, and a pair blocks for the Heat, who had a season-high point total.

Miami got a needed bounce-back win after losing two straight and 5 of 8 since Dec. 26.

Isaiah Thomas made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 34 points for the Kings, who dropped their fourth straight game.

Pacers 96, Bobcats 88 — George Hill scored 19 points, D.J. Augustin added a season-high 18, and host Indiana beat Charlotte for its fourth straight win.

Lance Stephenson had 17 points and David West scored 14 points to help the Central Division-leading Pacers, playing without leading scorer Paul George (illness), get their sixth win in seven games.

Jazz 90, Pistons 87 — Al Jefferson scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter as Utah rallied to beat Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Detroit’s Brandon Knight missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the game after the Pistons trailed by 13 points with 3:26 left.

Mavericks 104, Grizzlies 83 — Shawn Marion scored a season-high 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 17, and host Dallas won consecutive games for the first time in a month.

76ers 107, Rockets 100 — Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and host Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak.

Suns 97, Bulls 81— Luis Scola scored 22 points to help Phoenix win in Chicago, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Wizards 93, Hawks 83 — John Wall gave his teammates a lift with 14 points and four assists in his first game of the season, and worst-in-NBA Washington has its first winning streak with a victory over visiting Atlanta.

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