LOS ANGELES — Don’t let the final score fool you.
Of the 86 losses the Orlando Magic have suffered since the beginning of last season, their defeat Monday night ranks as one of the worst.
The Los Angeles Clippers dominated them from the opening tipoff to the beginning of the fourth quarter and clobbered them 101-81 at Staples Center.
“We didn’t fight tonight,” power forward Glen Davis said.
Even worse, center Nik Vucevic sustained his second concussion since March when he fell awkwardly and banged his head on the court.
Although the severity of the injury is unclear, Vucevic now will be subject to the NBA’s return-to-play concussion protocol, which requires that players with concussions pass a series of neurological and physical tests before they can play again.
“We’ll leave it in the hands of the doctors now,” coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Vucevic had missed Orlando’s last two games because of a sprained left ankle, and players and coaches hoped his return would give them a boost on both ends of the floor.
The Magic played without sustained intensity throughout the first three quarters, and they trailed 85-55 to begin the final period.
“We just didn’t have the energy from the beginning,” point guard Jameer Nelson said. “That’s kind of what put us into a hole. Obviously, that’s a big key [for] the guys who start the game. We have to come out with energy, and it just goes down the line.”
Missed shots. Poor transition defense. Too many turnovers.
Subpar free-throw shooting. Overall sloppy play.
The Magic (10-24) committed all of those basketball sins.
The rout started early.
Even without injured starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, the Clippers (24-13) blitzed the Magic in the first quarter. Los Angeles made 61 percent of its shots, while Orlando sank only 33 percent of its attempts and turned the ball over five times.
Midway through the period, the Clippers sprinted out on a fastbreak. DeAndre Jordan caught a pass from Jamal Crawford and, with Davis between him and the basket, threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk over Davis.
The crowd uttered "ooohs" and "aaahs" and rose to its feet.
The dunk put the Clippers ahead 20-3.
When Orlando’s Arron Afflalo stepped to the free-throw line a short while later, a heckler standing between Section 107 and Section 108 yelled, "Hey! You guys have three points? Are you kidding me?"