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Elfrid Payton impresses as Magic open preseason with 108-101 OT win over Heat
Elfrid Payton impresses as Magic open preseason with 108-101 OT win over Heat

MIAMI — Elfrid Payton surprised himself Tuesday night. The Orlando Magic rookie point guard expected butterflies to rattle inside his stomach as his NBA preseason debut against the Miami Heat approached. But the nervousness never quite materialized. He entered the game in the first quarter, and less than a minute later, he ripped the ball away from Dwyane Wade. Payton dribbled down the court, slowed as he reached the paint and shoveled a pass to Maurice Harkless for an easy layup. The play foreshadowed the rest of the night for Payton, who starred in obscurity at mid-major school Louisiana-Lafayette and became the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. To be sure, Payton had...

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