NBA roundup: Wall’s 52 points not enough for Wizards

Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his season-high 25 points in the first half and the visiting Orlando Magic overcame John Wall’s 52-point performance to beat the Washington Wizards, 124-116 on Tuesday night. 

Wall had the highest-scoring game of his career and kept Washington in it with 33 points in the second half as the Wizards cut the lead below 10 in the fourth quarter. The guard made 18 of 31 from the field and added eight assists.

Wall became the fourth player to score 30 points in a half this season, joining Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Klay Thompson.

Payton, who had nine assists, went eight for eight from the field and three for three from the line off the bench in the first half, nearly matching his previous season best of 23 points in the first two quarters alone. 

Orlando won its third straight game and its 124 points were a season high.

San Antonio 105, at Minnesota 91: Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and the Spurs improved to 13-0 on the road, the second-best start in NBA history. Golden State started 14-0 last year. San Antonio played without Tony Parker after he bruised his left knee against Milwaukee on Wednesday night. San Antonio overcame a slow start to shoot 52.7%. 

New York 114, at Miami 103: Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 35 points, and the Knicks (12-9) moved three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season but lost Derrick Rose to back spasms in the third quarter. Goran Dragic scored 29 points and Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who fell to 2-8 at home.

at Detroit 102, Chicago 91: Tobias Harris scored 22 points and the Pistons won for the fourth time in five games. Jimmy Butler scored 32 points for the Bulls, who lost their third straight while playing their fourth game in five nights.

at Memphis 96, Philadelphia 91: Marc Gasol had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the Grizzlies scored the final seven points of the game to send the 76ers to their eighth consecutive defeat.

at Utah 112, Phoenix 105: Gordon Hayward scored 28 points and the Jazz blew a 24-point lead before holding on for their seventh win in eight games. 

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