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Magic at Hornets: Orlando looks to keep Charlotte in the cellar

A loss to Charlotte on Saturday would drop Orlando to last place in the Southeast Division.

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The slumping Orlando Magic, losers of seven of their last night, visit the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday to open a two-game roadtrip.

Tipoff between Orlando and Charlotte 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: The Magic built a lead as large as 10 points Friday night against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, only for LeBron James to lead a fourth-quarter comeback and send Orlando to another defeat. James outscored the Magic, 15-14, in the fourth quarter as Cleveland prevailed by a 98-89 final. Tobias Harris led five Magic players in double-figure scoring with 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting.

Charlotte's last time out: The Hornets' four-game winning streak came to an emphatic end, 98-75, Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. No Charlotte starter reached double-figure scoring, and the team shot 28.7 percent from the floor on the whole. Even without Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City cruised behind a 29-point effort from Russell Westbrook.

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The last meeting: Orlando stunned the Hornets for arguably the most impressive win of the Jacque Vaughn era, rallying from a 23-point deficit to take a 105-100 victory. The Magic outscored the hosts by a 41-21 margin in the final period, completing the seemingly impossible. Rookie point guard Elfrid Payton scored 16 off the bench, while fellow reserve Ben Gordon added 11 in just 16 minutes against his former club.

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