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Magic at Bulls: Orlando hits the halfway mark

Monday's visit to Chicago will mark the Magic's 41st game of the season.

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The Orlando Magic conclude a four-game roadtrip, and reach the midway point of their season, Monday against the Chicago Bulls.

Tipoff between Orlando and Chicago is set for 8:00 PM. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic extended their season-worst losing streak to six games Saturday in a 103-92 defeat against the Portland Trail Blazers, despite Nikola Vucevic's career night: the Magic big man set a new personal best with 34 points to go with 16 boards, but his teammates didn't provide him nearly enough help to end Orlando's skid. Portland got 25 points from All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge and another 18 from veteran swingman Wesley Matthews, who drilled four three-pointers.

Chicago's last time out: The Bulls are themselves coming off a career night from their best big man, albeit in a winning effort: Pau Gasol notched 46 points, 18 rebounds, and three assists as the Bulls held off the Milwaukee Bucks, 95-87, on Saturday night. Chicago shot just 39.8 percent from the floor, but Gasol managed to carry it to victory anyway. Kirk Hinrich added an efficient 16 points in the winning effort.

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The last meeting: Chicago dealt Orlando a 98-90 loss in the Windy City on November 4th, keeping Orlando winless in four tries on the young season. Tobias Harris scored 21 points with nine boards for Orlando, while Vucevic scored 19--on just 9-of-22 shooting--of his own. Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 21 points, while Gasol grinded his way to a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double.

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