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Magic vs. Wizards: Orlando's week of facing Southeast foes continues

A quirk of the schedule gave Orlando four straight games against its Southeast rivals. It continues Friday when the Magic host the Wizards.

Cartier Martin and Chris Singleton
Cartier Martin and Chris Singleton

The Orlando Magic host the Washington Wizards on Friday, looking to end their eight-game losing streak. Tipoff is set for 7 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida in the Orlando market. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 5 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic built a 19-point lead on the road against the Charlotte Bobcats, the league's worst team, on Wednesday, but squandered it by allowing Charlotte's 28th-ranked offense to score 94 points over the final three periods. Orlando got career-bests from Tobias Harris (29 points and six assists), Kyle O`Quinn (13 points, six assists), and DeQuan Jones (13 points), but simply couldn't defend the likes of Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson (34 points apiece).

Washington's last time out: The Oklahoma City Thunder drilled the Wizards, 103-80, on Wednesday, outscoring the visitors in every quarter. John Wall scored 18 points for the Wizards, but missed 15 of his 18 shots. Overall, Washington shot 32.1 percent and committed 15 turnovers.

The last meeting: Washington blitzed Orlando, 120-91, at Verizon Center in January, shooting 56.1 percent from the floor. Emeka Okafor, Jan Veselý, and A.J. Price each tallied season-highs in scoring for the Wizards. Magic swingman Arron Afflalo missed 10 of his 11 shots, scoring two points in 37 minutes.

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