Friday, September 21, 2018
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Magic wins behind Payton's career game

ATLANTA — Serge Ibaka scored 29 points, Elfrid Payton reached career highs with 26 points and 14 assists and the Magic snapped a three-game losing streak with a 131-120 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday.

Orlando began the night ranked 29th in scoring and played without center Nikola Vucevic, but it got big production from the bench. Payton, Jodie Meeks and Jeff Green combined for 62 points, while starting guard Evan Fournier scored 23.

Vucevic, Orlando's leading rebounder and third-leading scorer, missed his second straight game with a sore lower back. He hopes to be back for tonight's home game against the Clippers.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Dennis Schroder had 19 points and 13 assists for the Hawks.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Kevin Love scored 29, J.R. Smith scored 17 of his 23 in the first half and LeBron James added 23 points as the host Cavaliers won their fifth straight, 103-86 over the Grizzlies. Memphis rested center Marc Gasol for the first of back-to-back games against Cleveland. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said James, Love and guard Kyrie Irving will not travel for tonight's game in Memphis. Irving also got Tuesday night off. … Zach LaVine scored 24, Andrew Wiggins added 23 and the Timberwolves rallied from 21 down to beat the Bulls 99-94 in coach Tom Thibodeau's first game in Chicago since the Bulls fired him in an acrimonious split in 2015. … Stephen Curry scored 30, Kevin Durant added 27 and had a block on Anthony Davis in the final minute and the visiting Warriors held off the Pelicans 113-109. Draymond Green sealed it by stealing the ball from Davis, who was assessed a technical for angrily saying he was fouled.

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