Basketball

Wall's 52 points not enough for Wizards

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Fifty-two points from John Wall weren't enough for the Washington Wizards as they fell 124-116 to the surging Orlando Magic yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Wall became the fourth NBA player to score 50 or more points in a single game this season.

He connected on 18 of 31 shots, including five of eight from three-point range but, with little help from his supporting cast, the Wizards lost for the third time in four games.

The Magic, meanwhile, closed out a five-game road trip with a flourish.

Reeling from four straight defeats when they departed on their road trip, they upset the Spurs in San Antonio, narrowly lost to the Grizzlies in Memphis, beat the 76ers in Philadelphia and surprised the Pistons in Detroit.

Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his career-high 25 points in the first half, connecting on nine of 12 shots from the field on the night.

With yesterday morning's win, they snapped a 13-game skid against the Wizards in games in which Wall played.

"We're growing on that end of the floor," Magic coach Frank Vogel said of Orlando's offence.

"We didn't play well early in the season, but some of the guys are finding their spots, and I'm finding ways to use them."

The Wizards pulled within 115-107 with 3:43 remaining, but a three-pointer from Green capped a 5-0 burst for the Magic that effectively extinguished any hope of a comeback by Washington. - AFP

OTHER RESULTS

  • UTAH 112 PHOENIX 105
  • MEMPHIS 96 PHILADELPHIA 91
  • MINNESOTA 91 SAN ANTONIO 105
  • MIAMI 103 NY KNICKS 114
  • DETROIT 102 CHICAGO 91
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