Clips, Without Brand, Pull Away From Magic
L.A. Clippers 90, Orlando 73
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (Ticker) -- Playing without leading scorer Elton Brand for the first time this season, the Los Angeles Clippers turned it up defensively and shared the wealth on the other end to earn their first home win in nearly a month.
Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points and Chris Wilcox filled in admirably for Brand as the Clippers snapped a three-game slide at STAPLES Center with a 90-73 victory over the Orlando Magic.
Wilcox made his first start of the season in his place, recording a career-high 14 rebounds and limiting Magic star forward Dwight Howard to just nine points and six rebounds, both well below his season averages.
Los Angeles took its time finding an attack without Brand, falling behind, 27-18, after one quarter. Mobley scored the club's first four points of the second and Wilcox and Chris Kaman later combined for eight straight points to cap the Clippers' 10-0 run that tied it, 30-30, midway through the period.
Quinton Ross scored five straight points and a made jumper with five seconds to go before halftime as Los Angeles claimed a 44-39 advantage at the break and led by at least four points thereafter.
Orlando opened the fourth with a 7-2 burst to pull within 70-64 with 10:03 left, but James Singleton had two dunks in a span of 15 seconds to start a 7-0 surge by the Clippers.
Shaun Livingston scored five straight points soon thereafter to make it a 15-point bulge and Los Angeles finished with its largest lead.
Kaman had 15 points, Sam Cassell had 13 in 19 total minutes and Singleton scored eight of his nine points in the final period and finished with 11 boards.
Jameer Nelson had 18 points for the Magic, who got just 10 on 3-of-16 shooting from leading scorer Steve Francis in losing their fifth straight on the road.