Recap | LAC 106, ORL 96
Clippers Show Composure in Magic Victory
Los Angeles, CA - The Clippers showed their resilience in a game of runs on Sunday, overcoming an early deficit to defeat the Orlando Magic, 106-96, on Polish Heritage Day at Staples Center. After trailing by as many as 15 points midway through the second quarter, LA rallied back to within one point at halftime before going on a 27-10 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
“I thought we missed good shots,” said head coach Doc Rivers of the team’s slow start. “That’s why I didn’t overreact to it, because it’s a human game. Once we got our legs and started making shots, we started defending better.”
Marcin Gortat contributed 8 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high 6 assists as the team hosted hundreds of Polish fans.
Player of the Game: Tobias Harris
Tobias Harris was the Clippers’ leading scorer, dropping 28 points and nine boards in the victory; he was also a game-high plus-13 on the afternoon. Harris rebounded from a slow 1-for-8 shooting start to finish the game 10-for-21 from the field while only missing one of his eight free throws.
“One thing the team has kept telling me is to keep getting to your spots,” Harris said after the game. Shots are going to fall.”
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The Clippers’ defense was dialed in, holding the Magic to just 37.1 percent shooting from the field and 29 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
“That was really our game plan,” said Harris of the Clippers’ defense. “Try and stop [Nikola Vucevic) and get out to the shooters and run them off the line. Guys knew we could help off if we did a good job of just staying back.”
The Clippers will welcome Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets to Staples Center on Tuesday night.