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Magic at Rockets: Orlando visits injury-depleted Houston

All-Star swingman James Harden probably won't play against the Magic on Monday.

Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons
USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic continue their five-game roadtrip on Monday as they visit the Houston Rockets. Tipoff is set for 8 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida in the Orlando market. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 6 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic ended March by losing to the Atlanta Hawks, 97-88, marking their 10th straight defeat against their Southeast rivals. Josh Smith and Ivan Johnson scored 21 points apiece, while Devin Harris scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to put Orlando away. Starting for the injured Jameer Nelson, veteran point guard Beno Udrih took 23 shots en route to a 20-point, seven-rebound, eight-assist effort. Nikola Vucevic returned from a five-game absence and added 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Houston's last time out: The Rockets blew out the Los Angeles Clippers at home, 98-81, thanks to some strong defense. Houston limited the visitors to 39.7 percent shooting, and All-Star big man Blake Griffin had just 12 points and three rebounds in 28 minutes. Five Rockets scored in double figures.

The last meeting: James Harden led six Rockets in double-figure scoring as Houston knocked off the Magic, 118-110. Orlando kept the score close for much of the game before falling apart in the game's final moments. A Vucevic tip-in brought Orlando within two at the 5:10 mark of the fourth, but Houston scored nine straight points in less than 90 seconds to take command.

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