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The Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers were among the NBA's three worst teams last season - and appear destined for similar campaigns this time around. One club will notch its first win of the season Wednesday night when they meet in Philadelphia. Orlando had the league's third-worst record in 2013-14 at 23-59 while Philadelphia's 19-63 mark only bested Milwaukee (15-67). Both are 0-4 this season, making this the Magic's worst start since they were 0-6 in 1990-91 - their second season of existence. The 76ers are trying to avoid opening with five straight losses for the first time since 2001-02, though they finished 43-39 for sixth place in the Eastern Conference that season. The Magic couldn't topple a Chicago squad playing Tuesday without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, falling 98-90. Tobias Harris scored 21 while Nikola Vucevic had 19 and grabbed 13 rebounds, though the backcourt combo of Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier was a combined 8 of 28 from the floor. "This is a tough one because we played probably the best game of the year that we have played so far," Vucevic told the team's official website. "We played very well for the whole 48 minutes, which was what we talked about. It's a tough one, but that's the way this league works." Orlando has dropped 28 of 29 away from home since Jan. 1 - but the win came in Philadelphia, 101-90 on Feb. 26. The Magic have won 27 of 34 in the series, which includes the playoffs. The Magic are averaging just 5.8 made 3-pointers per game, though they figure to get some good looks with 76ers opponents shooting 42.1 percent from 3-point range. They let Houston go 16 of 34 from beyond the arc in Monday's 104-93 home loss. The Rockets scored 27 points off 18 turnovers, and the Sixers are giving up a league-worst 24.5 points per game off turnovers. Philadelphia is being outscored by an average of 10.0 points in the fourth quarter, but is no worse than minus-4.2 in any other period. It has held halftime leads twice. "Those guys, they've got a chance one day to be a good team," Houston's Dwight Howard said. Tony Wroten scored 20 points to continue his promising start. He's averaging 19.3 points and 6.8 assists after boosting his scoring average to 13.0 last season from 2.6 as a rookie. He's one of five players since 1985-86 with at least 77 points, 27 assists, 19 rebounds and 12 steals through their first four games. Nerlens Noel put himself on highlight reels with a spectacular block of James Harden's attempted dunk to end the third quarter. He's blocked eight shots this season and had six steals Monday but has had a limited offensive impact with 8.0 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting. He didn't grab his lone rebound until there was 2:40 remaining as Philadelphia was beaten on the boards 47-31. The 76ers' minus-8.8 average rebounding margin is the league's second worst. Orlando has also struggled on the glass with an average margin of minus-4.0, though Vucevic is averaging 15.0 boards. He is averaging 16.0 rebounds in six career games against Philadelphia, and has averaged 20.0 points in the last three matchups.