Jamal Crawford scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, Wesley Johnson added 21 points off the bench and the Clippers rallied for a 103-101 victory Saturday night, snapping the Magic's five-game winning streak.
"The bigger sigh of relief is winning," Crawford said. "If I had the same game and we lose, it doesn't mean as much. We showed a lot of character. We really responded to the challenge."
All of Johnson's field-goal attempts were 3-pointers. He made six and went 3 of 5 from the free throw line.
"They were sinking off so I had to take them," he said. "When I went in, J.J. CP and the coaches all told me to shoo the ball and to not think about it. I knew the ball was coming to me and I just had to be ready. I am really settling in. It's a good feeling."
"We played well enough to win, we just didn't pull out the game," Payton said. "We just got away from taking great shots."
After the Magic's early run in the fourth, the Clippers rattled off three straight 3-pointers, one by Johnson and two by Crawford, as part of a 22-7 run that gave them a 99-96 lead. Crawford had 15 points in the spurt during which the Magic went 3:33 without scoring.
"He got those shots because we were missing shots," Payton said. "He was able to get out on transition, get to the free throw line."
Griffin's jumper pushed the Clippers' lead to 101-98 before Jason Smith's tip cut it to 101-100.
Crawford got fouled and missed the first but made the second for a 102-100 lead with 10 seconds to go.
Payton went to the line and made the first and missed the second, but the Clippers gained possession with 1 second left.
"We were driving into traffic, trying to make shots we shouldn't have been trying to make," Magic coach Scott Skiles said. "Typically, that's what we've not been doing, but we did that tonight. We giftwrapped one for them."
Orlando shot 60 percent in the third and kept it up to start the fourth. The Magic outscored the Clippers 10-3, extending their lead to 89-77 before the Clippers fought back.
Former USC player Nikola Vucevic had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic.
The Magic opened the third with a 15-8 run that gave them a 65-61 lead. They hit three 3s in the spurt, including consecutive ones by Evan Fournier and Channing Frye. Payton had the other 3 while contributing seven points.
Griffin scored five of the Clippers' next seven points to give them a 68-67 lead.
Orlando then outscored the Clippers 12-5, including nine in a row, to lead 79-74 going into the fourth.