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Pacers take on Magic in Orlando

(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of struggling teams tangle in central Florida Sunday night, as the Indiana Pacers pay a visit to the Orlando Magic.

The Pacers are riding a seven-game slide, while the Magic are winless in their last four games.

Indiana will wrap up a five-game road trip in Orlando and dropped an 89-87 decision to the Miami Heat Friday night. Luis Scola led the Pacers with 14 points off the bench and both George Hill and C.J. Watson scored 13 points for Indiana, which made 41 percent of its shots and had 18 turnovers.

Frank Vogel's squad rallied from a double-digit deficit, but couldn't finish off the Heat in its sixth consecutive road setback.

"Lot of heart, lot of fight to battle back in the game down 21. Very proud of that group that did that," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.

The Pacers have a 7-19 road ledger and will return home for five straight games versus Toronto, New York, Sacramento, Detroit and Cleveland. Hill (groin) is probable SUnday and C.J. Miles (groin) is doubtful.

Orlando has lost 10 of its last 12 games, including Friday's 113-106 defeat at the hands of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Nikola Vucevic went off for 34 points on 16-of-22 shooting and pulled down 18 rebounds. Victor Oladipo had 15 points and Channing Frye scored 14 for the Magic, who lost despite making 50.6 percent for the game. The Magic, though, allowed 31 points in each of the last three quarters.

"We can't really worry about the past ... We got to get a win," Oladipo said.

The Magic have a 5-14 home record and will visit Memphis Monday night.

Indiana defeated Orlando, 98-83, on Nov. 28 at home and was led by Rodney Stuckey's 24 points. Vucevic had 16 points in that one for the Magic, losers in 10 of the past 12 matchups between the teams.

The Pacers and Magic will meet again March 10 in Indianapolis.