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Magic at Hornets: Southeast rivals do battle in Queen City

The Hornets made the playoffs a season ago, but find themselves in the Southeast's cellar in the season's early going. Orlando visits them Friday to open a back-to-back set.

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The Orlando Magic visit the Charlotte Hornets on Friday looking to return to form after suffering their worst loss of the season.

Tipoff between Orlando and Charlotte is set for 7:00 PM Eastern. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic trailed the Los Angeles Clippers by as few as five points in the third quarter, but the visitors broke the game open from there and cruised to a 114-90 win. The 24-point margin was Orlando's worst on the season to date. Tobias Harris tallied 25 points, while Nikola Vucevic contributed 19 points and 14 rebounds, in a losing effort. Jamal Crawford led six Clippers in double-figure scoring, pouring in an efficient 22 off the bench.

Charlotte's last time out: The former Bobcats slipped to 4-8 Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers when Solomon Hill beat the final buzzer by flipping in Rodney Stuckey's missed step-back two. Al Jefferson beasted his way to 28 points and eight rebounds for Charlotte, which dropped to 1-6 away from Time Warner Cable Arena.

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Last season: The Southeast Division rivals split the four-game series as each team won once at home and once on the road. In the most recent meeting, Jefferson led to host Bobcats with 29 points and 16 rebounds, while Kemba Walker tallied a 13-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double. Victor Oladipo scored a team-best 21 points off Orlando's bench.

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