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Magic at Jazz: Orlando returns home

The Magic, losers of four of their last five games, return to Amway Center on Friday.

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Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter
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The Orlando Magic open a much-needed four-game homestand Friday when they welcome the Utah Jazz to Amway Center.

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

Orlando's last time out: Orlando dropped its second straight game, and its fourth in its last five, Wednesday against the Boston Celtics. The Magic surrendered 55 percent shooting from the floor and 109 points to the rebuilding Celtics. Perhaps no Boston player had a bigger impact than former Magic power forward Brandon Bass, who led the team with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting in just 22 minutes. Tobias Harris tallied 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting for the visitors.

Utah's last time out: The Jazz ended a three-game skid Wednesday in South Beach, topping the Miami Heat by a 105-87 final for their biggest road victory in nearly a year. Gordon Hayward stuffed the stat sheet with 29 points, six boards, and seven assists, while Enes Kanter added 18 points from the pivot. Utah forced the favored Heat to shoot only 38.6 percent from the floor, even accounting for Dwyane Wade's 42-point outing on 12-of-19 shooting.

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The last meeting: The Magic held on for a 98-93 win in Salt Lake city thanks to sterling performances from Harris and Victor Oladipo. Harris shot 4-of-5 in the fourth quarter for 12 points, recovering from a sluggish start at just the right time to stem Utah's rally. Meanwhile, Oladipo's 22 points led all players, and he dished six assists to just one turnover. Orlando limited Hayward to nine points on 4-of-11 shooting.

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