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Magic at Thunder: Orlando hopes to end recent woes

Orlando's losing streak stands at eight games and counting. Will it snap the streak in the Sooner State?

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The Orlando Magic hope to stop their season from sliding into further disarray as they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Tipoff between Orlando and OKC 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: Orlando dropped its eighth straight game Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks, 108-93, as rumors about coach Jacque Vaughn's apparently inevitable dismissal continued to swirl. Monta Ellis scored 25 points and dished 13 assists to lead the Mavs, who didn't have the services of Chandler Parsons and who also lost Rajon Rondo after less than two minutes. Orlando rallied from 27 points down, drawing to within five at the 5:52 mark of the fourth before fading. Nikola Vucevic tallied 17 points and 16 boards, while Willie Green scored 15 off the bench, sparking the second unit.

Oklahoma City's last time out: The Thunder dropped their second straight, and their fourth in their last five, Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each shot 5-of-16 from the floor and combined for seven turnovers as Memphis grinded out the victory. Among OKC players to log more than 20 minutes, only Steven Adams shot better than 50 perecent from the floor.

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The last meeting: A little more than three weeks ago, the Thunder rolled the Magic, 127-99, as they shot 57.8 percent of the floor and placed seven players in double-figure scoring. Durant led the charge with a near triple-double of 21 points, 11 boards, and eight assists. Dion Waiters scored 16 in 20 minutes in a reserve role. On the Orlando side, Elfrid Payton stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, four boards, eight assists, and three steals in an encouraging effort. Less encouraging: Nikola Vucevic shot just 7-of-19 from the floor for 16 points and managed only seven rebounds.

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