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Magic at Hawks: Home-and-home begins

Orlando and Atlanta play Friday for the first of two meetings in as many days.

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DeMarre Carroll
DeMarre Carroll
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Friday evening the Orlando Magic hope to rebound from a crushing loss as they visit the Atlanta Hawks, opening up a rare back-to-back, home-and-home set.

Tipoff between the Southeast Division rivals 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: Despite leading by five points with 1:38 left in regulation, the Magic fell to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, 91-89, when Bradley Beal converted an alley-oop layup at the buzzer. His bucket capped a 7-0 Wizards run to seal the game. With the defeat, the Magic fell to 2-6 at Amway Center.

Atlanta's last time out: The Hawks trounced the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, 95-79, for their eighth straight victory. Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap scored 17 points apiece in a balanced Atlanta effort, while DeMarre Carroll contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds for an impressive double-double from the wing.

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Last season: Atlanta and Orlando split the four-game series. Most recently, the Hawks eked out a 112-109 victory on Orlando's home floor as Millsap came two steals shy of posting a rare five-by-five: the veteran forward posted 24 points, six boards, five assists, three steals, and five blocks in a dominant performance. In a losing effort, Victor Oladipo scored 24 points with seven boards and seven assists.

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