By John Denton
February 6, 2013

ORLANDO -- Within five points of the lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Orlando Magic could only look on in horror as Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Eric Bledsoe hit a contested fall-away shot from the free throw line and then drilled a 26-foot heave at the end of the shot clock seconds later. Just like that, whatever hope that the Magic had of ending their longest losing streak of the season was over Wednesday night.

In what was a bizarre game with both Orlando and Los Angeles playing without their top three scorers, the Magic put up a game fight most of the night, but ran out of firepower in the fourth quarter of an 86-76 loss to the Clippers.

What irked Magic captain Jameer Nelson the most was that most of the daggers that the Clippers hit late in the game came after offensive rebounds and 50/50 balls that went L.A.’s way.

``The thing that just killed us was when we got stops and they got those offensive rebounds and loose balls that deflates you,’’ Nelson said. ``That is something that we always talk about, but tonight we just didn’t come up with enough of them.’’

It was less than a month ago when the Magic (14-35) ended a 10-game losing streak against the Clippers (35-16) in Los Angeles. But their hopes of notching another slump-busting victory against the Clippers ended on Wednesday when Bledsoe buried the two back-breaking jumpers.


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