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(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Clippers have struggled during this Grammy road trip, but will try to get back on track against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.

The Clips have dropped three in a row on this long road odyssey, which is needed due to the Grammy awards being held Sunday night at their home, the Staples Center.

L.A. has fallen to the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards during the trek. Chris Paul has missed all three of the losses and eight in a row overall with a bruised kneecap and Blake Griffin sat out the most recent loss in Washington on Monday night.

Griffin was a late scratch when he aggravated a strained left hamstring during pre-game warm-ups. It snapped a streak of 197 career starts for the All-Star starter.

Lamar Odom started in place of Griffin, but DeAndre Jordan handled Griffin's rebounding chores. Jordan posted a career-high 22 rebounds and Jamal Crawford led the way with 28 points off the bench.

The Clippers were done in by turnovers in their 98-90 setback. L.A. committed 20 turnovers, with five from Odom and four apiece from starters Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler.

"We just turned it over," Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Guys trying to do much and end up turning it over then (the Wizards) would get fast breaks, which end in easy baskets. Our defense was set in the half court. We gave up too many offensive rebounds and really the turnovers did us in tonight with the mix and match lineups out there."

The Magic finally ended a five-game road trip, but lost their 10th game in a row Monday night in Philadelphia. In fact, Orlando is 2-21 since Dec. 21 and things won't get better.

Against the Sixers, the Magic were down four starters due to injury. Glen Davis is basically done for the season with a fractured left foot. Arron Afflalo has been out over a week with a strained left calf. Jameer Nelson has a left forearm contusion and J.J. Redick sat out against Philly with a sore right shoulder.

Only Redick is expected back in the lineup Wednesday against the Clippers.

Orlando lost 78-61 to the Sixers and the 61 was a season-low in points. The Magic didn't break 20 points in a single quarter and only managed 26 points in the second half.

E'Twaun Moore led the way with 18 points and rookies Moe Harkless and Andrew Nicholson also scored in double figures.

"Overall, we had really good effort," said Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn. "Seventy-eight points we gave up, and anytime you do that you give yourself a chance."

The Magic won 10 of their last 11 against the Clippers, including a 104-101 victory on Jan. 12 in L.A. Orlando is 5-1 in its last six at home in this series.

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