Magic Musings: Elfrid Payton fills up stat sheet again as Orlando ends skid

ORLANDO, Fla. — With rookie Elfrid Payton accomplishing something no NBA rookie had pulled off in 18 years, the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak Friday night with a 111-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Not only was Payton of three Magic players with 22 points, but he grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists. That made him the first person in franchise history to post back-to-back triple-doubles and the first rookie to do so since Antoine Walker of the Boston Celtics in April 1997.

Payton had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists Wednesday night at Dallas and outdid himself against the Northwest Division-leading Blazers, who were coming off a 108-104 loss at Miami.

Payton had 14 points in the first half as well as six assists, four rebounds and four steals with no turnovers. But after leading by as many as 13, the Magic were up only 58-56 at halftime and fell behind for the first time early in the third quarter.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 of his 31 points and seven of his 10 rebounds in the third quarter, when the Blazers outscored the Magic 25-17.

Nikola Vucevic, who had a career-high 34 points in a 103-92 loss at Portland on Jan. 10, and Victor Oladipo joined Payton in finishing with 22.

Arron Afflalo, who the Blazers acquired Feb. 19 from Denver after he spent the previous two seasons averaging 17.4 points a game for the Magic, had only seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. Damian Lillard scored 14 points in the second quarter but only two the rest of the way.

Forwards Tobias Harris and Dewayne Dedmon missed their second games in a row with sprained left ankles. Guards Willie Green (back spasms) and Evan Fournier (sore hip) also remained out for the Magic.

Magic vs. Trail Blazers

THE TURNING POINT

The Magic went ahead to stay by going on a 14-4 run during a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter. Oladipo hit a 3-pointer off an assist from Payton, and Channing Frye added a three-point play.

THE DIFFERENCE MAKER

Payton tied his career high of 22 points set Jan. 16 against the Memphis Grizzlies and finished 10 of 13 from the floor in 37 minutes.

STAT OF THE GAME

After giving up a season-high 32 points off fast breaks against the Mavericks, the Magic held the Blazers to none in the first half and five for the game.

WHAT’S NEXT

Sunday night vs. Denver, 6 p.m.

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