Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Saturday, November 15th
Game 2: Saturday, January 31st

Magic 92

(1-9, 1-3 away)

Clippers 95

(4-2, 2-1 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, November 15, 2003

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 30 25 18 1992
    LAC 19 31 25 2095

    Top Performers

    Orl: T. McGrady 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    LAC: Q. Richardson 31 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Magic lose ninth straight

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Quentin Richardson was all the offense the Los Angeles Clippers had in the first quarter. He and Corey Maggette were all the defense they needed to contain Tracy McGrady in the second half.

    Richardson scored 31 points Saturday night and helped hold McGrady to 19 following his 51-point outburst the night before as the Los Angeles Clippers sent the Orlando Magic to their ninth straight loss, 95-92 Saturday night.

    "We knew McGrady was the guy that was going to take all the shots and be the focal point," Maggette said. "Quentin slowed him down, but we had to make shots, too, and `Q' hit big shots. At the end of the game, you have to step up and be the leader and make good defensive stops."

    McGrady shot 7-for-16 and was held to just four points after halftime.

    "It's tough, especially when you've got a guy like Corey guarding you. He's really tough. And if you get by him, you have those other guys to deal with," McGrady said. "We should have had those guys down by 20 to 25 points. We just gave them confidence, and they got back in the game."

    Maggette scored 17 points and Marko Jaric added 15 points off the bench for the Clippers, who are 4-0 since losing a season-opening two-game set to the Seattle SuperSonics in Japan. It's their first four-game winning streak since March 2002.

    "We just regrouped and forgot about the Japan trip," Richardson said.

    Juwan Howard scored 22 points and McGrady had 19 for the Magic (1-9), off to the worst start in the team's 15-year history. The losing streak is their second-longest behind a 17-game drought during 1991-92, the season before they drafted Shaquille O'Neal.

    "We knew that they would come out strong because they wanted to get on the left side of the won-lost column. But we ultimately did a great job down the stretch getting stops when we needed them," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.

    Jaric's 3-pointer capped a 9-0 spurt that gave the Clippers their biggest lead, 71-63, with 3:37 left in the third quarter. Howard and Keith Bogans kept the Magic within reach in the fourth, and McGrady's driving layup put Orlando ahead 91-90 with 1:36 to play.

    The Clippers, who made just two field goals in the final 8:18, regained the lead 32 seconds later when Maggette sank a pair of free throws after rebounding a long jumper by Jaric. Drew Gooden missed a turnaround 12-footer in the lane with 12 seconds left, Chris Wilcox grabbed the rebound and sank two free throws at the other end for a 94-91 lead.

    Tyronn Lue made a free throw for the Magic, then missed the second and Gooden failed to tip in the rebound. Richardson made one of two at the line with 3.2 seconds to go, and Orlando failed to advance the ball in time for a tying 3-point try.

    The amazing thing about the Clippers is that they are winning without their cornerstone, injured power forward Elton Brand.

    Wilcox and rookie Chris Kaman, their two most recent No. 1 draft picks, are making key contributions.

    "We have a young group, and they're like plants -- if you water them enough, they grow. If you don't, then they don't grow," Dunleavy said. "We've got some guys who are growing, and it's been very positive for us. Guys are getting minutes at that position that aren't normally going to be there."

    Richardson, who had a career-high 32 points last Tuesday against Atlanta, scored 15 in the first period on 7-of-11 shooting while the rest of the Clippers were a combined 0-for-9 from the field and were outscored 13-0 by McGrady.

    The first Los Angeles basket by someone other than Richardson didn't come until 1{ minutes into the second quarter when Eddie House hit a 20-footer that cut Orlando's lead to 33-21.

    Game notes

    Prior to McGrady's 51-point effort, no player had scored at least 50 in a losing cause since Dec. 26, 2001, when San Antonio's Tim Duncan had 53 against Dallas. ... Brand, who has missed the last five games because of a hairline stress fracture in his right foot, was placed on the injured list Saturday. He was replaced on the active roster by 14-year veteran F Glen Rice, who had been sidelined since training camp with a hyperextended right knee. ... Orlando F Pat Garrity will need a third surgery on his knee and might not return this season. ... The Clippers, whose next game is on Tuesday at Cleveland, have not won five straight since November 1995. ... The Clippers' 4-2 start matches their best in the previous 11 seasons. They also won four of their first six in 1996. ... The Clippers were the only team in the league to have scored at least 100 points in every game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 95
    FGM-FGA 34-78 (.436) 34-83 (.410)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 8-23 (.348)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 19-26 (.731)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-42 15-45
    Assists 13 23
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 5 6
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 2 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 22 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Tracy McGrady McGrady
    Points: 19
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Quentin Richardson Richardson
    Points: 31
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1