LOS ANGELES (AP) — The game was looking scary for the Los Angeles Clippers, a team hanging on to a final playoff spot by the thinnest of margins.
The Orlando Magic, owners of the worst record in the Eastern Conference, led the Clippers by nine points midway in the third quarter. The Clippers, though, had a final push, controlling the fourth quarter and going on to a 113-105 victory over the Magic on Saturday night.
“Tonight was a struggle, you could just see it,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We hung in there long enough, but then in the fourth quarter we got enough stops.”
Lou Williams scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth, including consecutive 3-pointers that finally gave the Clippers some room. Williams leads the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring (7.7 per game).
“Lou made some great plays down the end,” Orlando’s Shelvin Mack said. “He’s very aggressive….