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Magic at Bulls: Brutal roadtrip continues in Windy City

Orlando has faced three playoff-bound clubs so far on its roadtrip. The season winds down in Chicago against the Bulls.

Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer
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The Orlando Magic visit the Chicago Bulls on Friday in the penultimate game of their five-game roadtrip. 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 got 18 points and nine boards from Maurice Harkless, and a 16-point, 14-rebound effort from Nik Vučević, but nonetheless fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 98-84, on Wednesday. Danny Green scored 20 to lead the Spurs, who played without Manu Ginóbili, Kawhi Leonard, and Tony Parker, and who rested Tim Duncan for the second half. San Antonio's spring-training lineup held the Magic to 38.9 percent shooting.

Chicago's last time out: The Bulls eked out a 92-90 win against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday behind Carlos Boozer. The veteran big man poured in 29 points, 18 rebounds, and three assists as Chicago rallied from a 13-point deficit after the first quarter. Brook Lopez missed a game-tying attempt with one second remaining.

The last meeting: Chicago prevailed by a 96-94 final despite a Magic rally; Orlando trailed by 11 points to end the third period, but drew to within two points with less than a minute to play as Arron Afflalo drilled a three-pointer. The Magic forced a miss on Chicago's penultimate possession, but Jameer Nelson's jumper with five seconds left missed the mark. Luol Deng converted two foul shots to seal the win, and Nelson capped the game with a purely academic layup at the buzzer.

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