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WASHINGTON -- A rare offensive outburst by the Orlando Magic overcame the biggest night of John Walls career. Portland Trail Blazers Jerseys.Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his career-high 25 points in the first half and the Magic beat the Washington Wizards 124-116 on Tuesday despite Walls 52-point performance.The Magic were averaging 93.2 points and scored over 100 points in just five of their first 21 games but shot 52 percent en route to a third straight victory.Were growing on that end of the floor, Magic coach Frank Vogel said. We got several great contributions, starting with Elfrid Payton coming off the bench having the game of his life. He was terrific tonight.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.I mean, (in the) third quarter I started to make shots, and I was trying to be more aggressive at times, Wall said. I was able to be aggressive and get into the paint and make some easy shots.Payton played like Wall in the first half as he went 8 for 8 from the field and 3 for 3 from the line, nearly matching his previous season best of 23 points in the first two quarters alone. Payton finished 9 for 12 and handed out nine assists.They were playing off a little bit, so they gave me a couple of open looks, Payton said. They just looked like they were staying home so just trying to be a little bit more aggressive.Orlandos 124 points were a season high.Jeff Green scored 13 of his 20 in the first half for Orlando. Green went to Georgetown and played his college basketball at the Verizon Center, and he made a key 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter that stopped a Washington rally.(The offense) was clicking, Green said. We were making shots, making the extra pass, trusting each other, and we got it done.The Magic scored the games first seven points and the lead went back and forth until they took command in the second quarter.Orlando (10-12) slowly pulled away, making 13 of its first 18 shots in the second quarter to take a 62-48 lead with just under 3 minutes left. The Magic scored 40 points in the period en route to a 65-52 halftime edge.Seven Orlando players scored in double figures. Bismack Biyombo contributed a season-high 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.Only three Wizards scored in double figures.TIP-INSMagic: The Magic are 5-1 when scoring 100 points. ... Vogel called off practice Monday, and his team took a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.Wizards: Ian Mahinmi remains out with a sore knee -- the non-surgically repaired one is the problem now. Coach Scott Brooks said the center had an MRI last week. ... Brooks also said Sheldon McClellan has been assigned to Delaware of the D-League and will play three or four games there.A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDSThe Orlando bench gave the starters a lift by scoring 73 points. Payton and Green led the way while Jodie Meeks added 18, and Nikola Vucevic had 10. The four combined to make 24 of 37 shots (67 percent) from the field.NO DEFENSEThe 124 points were the most Washington has allowed in a home game this season, and the second-highest amount the Wizards have allowed in any game.UP NEXTMagic: On Wednesday, the Magic will host the Celtics. Bostons been getting some great shooting in recent games from Jonas Jerebko.Wizards: The Nuggets come to town on Thursday for their first meeting of the season. Denver won both meetings last year, and its a bit of a homecoming for forward Will Barton, who went to high school in nearby Baltimore. C.J. McCollum Blazers Jersey. That gave fans outside Joe Louis Arena another chance to ask for autographs from the 19-year-old whose stardom in the NHL has arrived earlier than most expected. Terry Porter Jersey. Rousey will put her perfect 8-0 record and hardware on the line against another undefeated fighter, 7-0 Sara McMann in the main event of UFC 170, which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nevada on February 22nd. http://www.blazersteamofficial.com/Anfernee-Simons-Blazers-Jersey/. After the whistle, Thornton skated the length of the ice, pulled Orpik to the ice from behind and punched him in the face several times. Carli Lloyd says the time shes taken to recover from a minor knee injury has been a blessing in disguise because it helped her to slow down and reflect after a wild year.Honestly, its been the best 10 weeks I think Ive had in a long time. Ive been able to rest my mind, rest my body, rejuvenate myself. Im more rejuvenated than I can even remember, she said. Ive gotten to spend time with my fiance and my friends and be in my house. Its honestly been one of the best things that could have happened.Lloyd scored a hat trick in less than 16 minutes in the Womens World Cup title game victory over Japan nearly a year ago. The 5-2 win gave the U.S. national team its third overall title in the games most prestigious tournament, and made Lloyd a household name.In the aftermath, she not only played in the teams victory tour, but she was showered with sponsorship deals and appearance requests. She was named the FIFA Womens Player of the Year, the sports highest honor.And to top it off, shes also wrote a memoir, When Nobody Was Watching due to come out in September.This time last year, no one could have predicted this, she said. Its still going.But much of the chaos came to a screeching halt in April, when she sprained her right knee in a game with her National Womens Soccer League team, the Houston Dash. The Grade 1 MCL sprain was expected to take three to six weeks to heal.Lloyd did not rush her return because of whats looming this August: the Olympics in Brazil. She needs to be fully healed as the United States goes for its fourth straight gold medal.The New Jersey native has been key to the last two Olympic efforts. She scored the winning goal in the gold-medal match in Beijing and London.And, truth be told, Lloyd needed the break. The injury, while unfortunate, came at a good time, far enough ouut from the Olympics that she could still be back in time. Zach Collins Jersey. Honestly, if I had kept going, at that pace -- when I do things I do them 100 percent, whether its on the field or a commercial shoot, appearance, anything. I was completely fried, she told The Associated Press in a phone interview.Her coach and mentor James Galanis said he also sensed she was running on empty. He was going to suggest she take time off, but she had obligations with the Dash and the national team, as well as other appearances.Here was a completely drained out girl, and yeah, I was concerned, said Galanis, director of Universal Soccer Academy in New Jersey. When she got injured, my immediate thinking was, `I hope its not serious. Then it was, `If its not serious thats great, shes going to have to take a break whether she likes it or not.Lloyd is rejoining the national team on Friday for training in advance of the U.S. teams match on July 9 against South Africa at Chicagos Soldier Field. The team will also play on July 22 against Costa Rica in Kansas City, Kansas, before leaving for Brazil.Im pretty much 100 percent. I would say about 95 percent, she said. Im basically doing everything: cutting, springing, running, shooting. Ive been jumping in with some of James teams and playing with the kids. So, nearly there. I should be good to go.Thats where Galanis veers a bit from Lloyd. He thinks she looks stronger than she has for a long time.I think shes coming back a lot more mature, a lot more wiser. And her condition -- I havent seen her as explosive as she is right now. She looks so powerful, he said. And its really because of this forced break that she had, it brought her back. ' ' ' 

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