Orlando (19-61) at Chicago (23-57)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EDT Mon Apr 12, 2004
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As bad as the Chicago Bulls have been, they don’t have a thing on the Orlando Magic.

The Bulls will try to sweep the season series from the league-worst Magic when they meet at the United Center.

Chicago entered the season with just two victories in its previous 18 meetings with Orlando but has since won all three meetings by an average of 12.6 points. The Bulls will be trying for their first sweep in this series since 1996-97.

The Bulls completed a season-series sweep of Toronto with Sunday’s 114-108 overtime victory.

Guard Jamal Crawford scored a career-high 50 points, becoming the first Bull to score that many since Michael Jordan had 55 in a 1997 playoff game. Crawford became the fourth player in the league to score at least 50 this season.

Orlando’s Tracy McGrady has done it twice, including a 51-point effort against Denver in November and an NBA season-high 62 on March 10 against Washington.

The Magic secured the NBA’s worst record with a 101-89 loss to Detroit on Saturday, their 13th straight defeat and fifth without NBA leading scorer McGrady, who is out with left knee tendinitis.

The Magic are still six losses shy of the franchise record, set at the beginning of the season.

“I know it’s been a long year and a disappointing year, but you still have to be professional,” Magic coach Johnny Davis said. “You still have to play with pride, you still owe it to yourself, your fans and the essence of basketball to come out and perform in a competitive fashion.”

The Magic, who finish their miserable season at home against Philadelphia on Wednesday, will have the best chance—25 percent—of landing the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft lottery. Their selection can fall no lower than fifth.

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