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Magic vs. Pacers: Orlando opens back-to-back

Orlando plays host to Indiana, losers of seven straight games, Sunday.

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The Orlando Magic host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday in a matchup of two struggling teams: Orlando has dropped 10 of its last 12, while Indiana's seven-game skid has it only a half-game in front of the Magic.

Tipoff between Orlando and Indiana is set for 6:00 PM. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic battled the New York Knicks to a near-standstill Sunday, but a pair of players on 10-day contracts helped the Knicks gain separation in the closing moments. Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas keyed a New York rally after the Magic took a late two-point lead, sending Orlando to its fourth straight loss. Orlando center Nikola Vučević excelled against the Knicks' patchwork front line, tying a career high with 34 points to go with 18 boards.

Indiana's last time out: The Pacers fought back against the Miami Heat after finding themselves in a 17-point hole Friday, only to fall in the end when C.J. Watson's game-tying try at the buzzer missed the mark. Luis Scola scored 14 points with seven boards off the Pacers' bench, while David West added 12 points and nine rebounds.

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The last meeting: The Pacers bullied the Magic in the painted area as they took a 98-83 victory in Indianapolis. The home team held a 53-32 edge in rebounding while getting a 24-point outing from veteran guard Rodney Stuckey. Vučević led Orlando with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo added 14 points apiece in the rout.

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