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Game Preview: Houston Rockets at Orlando Magic

2014 March 5
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The Orlando Magic are coming off of a 92-81 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday night. The Houston Rockets were in action Tuesday night when they played host to the Miami Heat and earned a 106-103 victory.
These two squared off in Houston on December 8. The Rockets defeated the Magic 98-88 behind 20 points, 22 rebounds, three blocks and two steals from former Magic center Dwight Howard. 

The Magic are now 19-43 while the Rockets enter with a record of 41-19.

The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.2), 18th in defensive rating (104.3) and play at the league’s 18th-fastest pace (96.00). The Rockets are fifth in offensive rating (108.1), 10th in defensive rating (102.4) and play at the league’s sixth-fastest pace (98.30).

Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida.

As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and FM 96.5 and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.

The officials for tonight’s game are Derrick Stafford, Eric Lewis and Ben Taylor.

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The Line: Houston – 7.0 (208)

Starters:

Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard
Terrence Jones
Chandler Parsons
James Harden
Patrick Beverley

Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
Tobias Harris
Maurice Harkless
Arron Afflalo
Ronnie Price

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  • Victor Oladipo is out with soreness in his left ankle. It’s the first game Vic has missed in his rookie campaign.
  • Arron Afflalo (ankle) is back in the starting lineup. Jameer Nelson (sore calf) is out again. For the 2nd consecutive game, Ronnie Price is starting in place of Jameer.
  • Dwight Howard (sore back) was questionable Tuesday, but played.
  • The Magic will have a video tribute to Howard as part of their 25th Anniversary season.
  • Reserve big man Greg Smith is out for the season after knee surgery.

Rockets Resources:

Clutch Fans
Red 94
Rockets Nation
The Dream Shake
Ultimate Rockets (Houston Chronicle)

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