Clippers go for 6th straight win vs. Magic

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will take a five-game winning streak into Wednesday night's home affair with the Orlando Magic.

The Clips haven't lost since a Nov. 23 setback in Memphis. LA has taken seven of its last nine, but still trails the scorching-hot Golden State Warriors by three games in the Pacific Division.

The Clippers' most recent victory came Monday night at the Staples Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves. LA emerged with a 127-101 victory, despite trailing by three after the opening quarter.

The Clippers went on an elongated 66-27 run after the Timberwolves took a 37-31 lead early in the second quarter.

Blake Griffin had 23 points and eight rebounds, J.J. Redick supplied 23 points, Chris Paul provided 12 points and eight assists and DeAndre Jordan added 11 points and 13 boards for Los Angeles.

"Today was good. Our offense is so much better when the ball is moving, we get shots," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

The Clippers still have to face the New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns on this homestand.

Orlando is 1-2 on its current six-game road trip. It will visit the Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings before returning to central Florida.

On Tuesday, the Magic fought hard, but became the latest victim of the Warriors. Steph Curry drained a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds on the clock to give Golden State its 10th consecutive victory, a 98-97 nail-biter.

Orlando called a pick for Tobias Harris on the final play out of a timeout, but Golden State's Draymond Green batted the inbounds pass down court and time expired.

"It's part of sports. There is going to be one winner and one loser," said Magic coach Jacque Vaughn. "I appreciate the effort."

Victor Oladipo poured in a season-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting for the Magic, who have lost four straight to the Warriors. Kyle O'Quinn chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds starting in place of Nikola Vucevic, who was a late scratch due to back spasms.

The Clippers beat Orlando by 24 (114-90) in the Magic Kingdom on Nov. 19. When Los Angeles prevailed at the Staples Center on Jan. 6, it snapped a five-game home losing streak to the Magic.