For the Magic (3-2), the win was their third straight and their most impressive in the stunning run. After whipping New Orleans and Brooklyn, the Magic looked every bit the equals of the Western Conference-leading Clippers (3-2) with a nearly flawless fourth quarter Wednesday night.

But the win didn’t come without some second-half drama. Once up 61-42 early in the third period, Orlando allowed the Clippers to rip off a 29-5 that put Orlando in a five-point hole. But because the Magic didn’t wilt and responded in the fourth quarter, there is a growing belief now that if they continue to play their style of basketball, they can make major strides this season.

``Every time that you step on the court and you win you gain a little confidence,’’ said veteran Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, who had 11 points and eight assists. ``Especially when you do it against an elite team and someone who is expected to be a championship contender. Individually we should be proud of ourselves, but more so collectively because we stuck together when it was tough and did some things.’’

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