Payton recorded 14 points (5-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds and 10 assists across 29 minutes during a 115-87 win over the Pistons on Friday. Payton gathered his fourth triple-double of the season, all of which have come in the month of March. He has clearly amped up his all-around play over the course of the last month. Payton has an excellent 52.7 percent field goal percentage average in March, which marks his best shooting month of the season so far. It looks like he's playing the best ball of his career to close out the season.
Payton tallied 10 points (5-9 FG), 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one blocked shot over 31 minutes in Monday's 112-109 win over the 76ers. Payton had one of those rare unconventional double-doubles, pairing his 10 points with 13 rebounds as a point guard. He's been on a tear over the past 10 games, recording three double-doubles and three triple-doubles over that span. While that's common from James Harden or Michael Westbrook, Payton hasn't had that kind of run all year. Payton will likely come back to Earth a bit, bu he'll still maintain a high orbit as the talented third-year starter will continue to play aggressively and produce impressive stat lines until season's end.
Payton provided 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 22 minutes in Thursday's 122-92 loss to the Warriors. The starting five all saw 25 minutes or less in the blowout defeat, so Payton's downturn in production must be framed firmly within that context. He still contributed impressively across the stat sheet and shot at least 50 percent from the floor for the seventh time in the last eight games. The third-year guard has posted six double-digit scoring efforts in the last eight contests as well and is playing some of the best ball of his career at present, with a favorable matchup and potential bounce-back against the Suns on tap Friday.
Payton finished with 13 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with 13 assists and 10 rebounds across 34 minutes in Monday's loss against the Kings. It was Payton's third double-double of the season and they've all come over the past five outings. He is averaging 13.4 points, 11.0 assists and 9.4 rebounds in five games since March 6. Payton is lighting it up for the Magic, as he certainly isn't in tanking mode even if Orlando is unofficially trying to lose.
Payton posted 22 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 14 assists, 14 rebounds, two blocks and two steals across 36 minutes in a 98-91 win over the Bulls Wednesday. Wednesday's win will be a night to remember for Payton who posted tied a career-high in assists and set a new career-high in rebounds en route to his second consecutive triple-double. The third-year point guard has come on strong lately as he flirted with triple-doubles in two other games in the last week and a half. Payton took over as Orlando's starter on Feb. 23 for C.J. Watson, who strained his Achilles. Watson returned to the lineup in a reserve role on March 3, but it will be difficult for him to wrestle back the starting role if Payton continues to produce as he has been.
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