The Orlando Magic's 2013/14 season continues to wind down Monday as they visit the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls. The game marks Orlando's final road contest of the season. It's already assured of finishing with the worst road record in the team's 25-year history.
Tipoff between Orlando and Chicago is set for 8:00 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM in Orlando. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 6:00 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.
Orlando's last time out: The Magic led the Brooklyn Nets by as much as eight points Sunday, but the host Nets drained seven three-pointers in the telltale third quarter to take command of the game, which they won by a 97-88 final. Tobias Harris scored 18 points and hauled in a team-high-tying seven rebounds off the bench.
Chicago's last time out: The New York Knicks snapped the Bulls' seven-game winning streak Sunday, 100-89, as six players reached double-figure scoring. The Bulls shot just 39.2 percent from the floor, but All-Star center Joakim Noah put together a fine performance: the Florida product tallied 13 points, 17 rebounds, nine assists, a steal, and a blocked shot in defeat.
The last meeting: Orlando dropped a triple-overtime thriller at home to Chicago on January 15th, 128-125. Rookie swingman Tony Snell made the go-ahead basket with 49 seconds remaining in the third OT, and Jimmy Butler added a pair of foul shots to provide the final margin. The Magic's starting backcourt of Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo combined for 66 points, 10 rebounds, 18 assists, and four steals. Noah posted 26 points, 19 boards, six assists, two steals, and two blocks of his own.