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Magic vs. Rockets: Orlando returns home

After a four-game roadtrip, the Magic take their home floor Wednesday.

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Coming off one of their most impressive victories of the post-Dwight Howard era, the Orlando Magic return home Wednesday to host Howard and his Houston Rockets.

Tipoff between Orlando and Houston 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 upset the Chicago Bulls on Monday in one of their best performances of recent vintage. Nikola Vucevic scored 33 points--just one shy off his career best, which mark he set in his previous game--and snared 11 rebounds, while Victor Oladipo scored an efficient 33 of his own as Orlando prevailed on the road. The Magic withstood a 28-point, 14-rebound outing from Pau Gasol.

Houston's last time out: The Rockets picked up their fourth straight win Monday, cruising past the Brooklyn Nets by a 113-99 final at Barclays Center. James Harden scored 30 points in as many minutes and accounted for four of the Rockets' 16 three-pointers. Donatas Motiejūnas added 18 points and 11 rebounds, more than holding his own against the Nets' front line.

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Last season: The Rockets handled their business against Orlando, winning both their meetings with Howard's former team by double-digits. On March 5th, Houston rallied past the Magic after falling behind by 13 points in the first period, winning each of the final three en route to a 101-89 victory. Howard scored 19 points with 13 rebounds, but Harden stole the show, scoring 31 points and dishing six assists.

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