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Magic at Thunder: Difficult back-to-back begins in the 405

Orlando hits the road Sunday against a championship-contending team.

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook
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The Orlando Magic start a tough back-to-back set Monday when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Tipoff between Orlando and Oklahoma City is set for 7:00 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM in Orlando. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 5:00 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic returned home from a six-game, 12-day roadtrip Friday and fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 109-100, as Cleveland used a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 10-point advantage. Victor Oladipo tied a career-high with 26 points, while Jameer Nelson added 17, but the pair couldn't match the Cavs' backcourt. Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 31, and Dion Waiters added 21 off the bench.

Oklahoma City's last time out: OKC blasted the Los Angeles Lakers, 122-97, on Friday to improve to 11-0 at home. Kevin Durant scored 31 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor to lead the Thunder, and three other OKC players scored 19 apiece.

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In 2012/13: Oklahoma City swept the two-game series between the teams, winning by an average of 12.5 points per game. On March 22nd, the Thunder topped the Magic at Amway Center behind 25 points from Durant. Maurice Harkless scored 25 of his own, but the Thunder's 24-8 advantage in free throws proved to be the difference in the game.