Payton scored 22 points (8-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and added 11 assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 115-107 win over the Nets.
Payton triple-doubled against the Nets Saturday, but followed that with a lackluster performance against the Cavaliers Tuesday. Payton is a relatively inconsistent player, but he is nonetheless having a good season with an even better second half. Since the All-Star break, he is averaging 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists more than he was before the break.
Payton scored 20 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in 35 minutes during Saturday's 121-111 loss to the Nets.
It's his fifth triple-double of the season, and all five have come since the beginning of March. After Payton averaged an impressive 12.7 points, 8.4 assists, 7.6 boards and 1.2 steals a game on the month, it doesn't seem like he has any intention of slowing down over the Magic's remaining schedule.
Payton registered 12 points (5-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 15 assists, nine rebounds and two steals across 34 minutes in a 117-116 loss to the Celtics on Friday.
Payton has been on triple-double watch since the All-Star break, and though he fell just short of the benchmark Friday, his performance may have been equally or more impressive than the four games in which he has achieved the feat. In addition to the career-high assist tally, Payton committed only two turnovers, which played a major part in helping the Magic securing its highest scoring total of the month. The 23-year-old's efficiency from the field has been down the past two games, but he's turned in a combined 49.1 percent mark over his last five contests while chipping in 14.8 points, 9.4 dimes and 6.4 rebounds in 33.2 minutes.
Payton provided 22 points (8-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), nine assists, one rebound, one steal and one block across 31 minutes during Monday's 131-112 loss to the Raptors.
Payton has been on a tear over the past 13 games, averaging 13.7 points on 54.7 percent shooting, 8.2 assists, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks across 30.8 minutes per contest. He's also demonstrated an ability to be smart with the ball while dishing out more assists, only committing 2.5 turnovers per game over that stretch. He's been knocking down his free throws at a higher clip as well -- swishing 78.8 percent of his attempts over the past 13 games compared to 69.0 percent on the season. Overall, it looks like Payton may have turned a corner heading into the final games of the season, making him a solid option in any fantasy format.
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.
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