Orlando (1-9) at Utah (5-5)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Mon Nov 17, 2003
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The last time the Orlando Magic were this bad, they were on their way to drafting Shaquille O’Neal.

Tracy McGrady and the Magic hope to avoid their first 10-game losing streak since the 1991-92 season as they visit the surprising Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.

Since an inspiring season-opening overtime win in New York, McGrady and the Magic have dropped nine in a row for the worst start in the 15-year history of the franchise. The Magic lost a franchise-record 17 straight during the ’91-92 second, resulting in the selection of O’Neal and an NBA Finals appearance just three seasons later.

McGrady, who scored 51 points in Friday’s 106-101 loss at Denver, was held to just 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting Saturday as the Magic fell 95-92 to the Los Angeles Clippers.

“We should have had those guys down by 20 to 25 points. We just gave them confidence, and they got back in the game,” said McGrady, who has voiced his frustration throughout the losing streak.

With John Stockton and Karl Malone gone, Utah figured to go through a difficult rebuilding year. But the new-look Jazz have shown great resiliency in splitting its first 10 games.

On Saturday, Carlos Arroyo scored 21 points and Matt Harpring added 19 as the Jazz suffered a tough 100-95 loss at Milwaukee.

“I’m not surprised,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said of the Jazz. “They lost two Hall of Famers, but Jerry Sloan’s teams, no matter who is on the team, will always be disciplined teams, always be a team that plays extremely hard. They never really beat themselves. Those are qualities that are always with his team no matter what players or the makeup of his roster is.”

Arroyo, who is taking over Stockton’s position at point guard, is averaging 15.5 points and a team-best 6.4 assists per game.

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