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Knicks and Hartenstein get first win of the season – second defeat for Wagner

The New York Knicks managed their first win of the season on the second day of play in the NBA. Centre Isaiah Hartenstein excelled with six points and eleven rebounds, while Franz Wagner also lost his second game of the season

Isaiah Hartenstein picked up his first win with the New York Knicks in their second NBA game of the season. On Friday (local time), the German centre, who missed the home European Championship, won the home game against the Detroit Pistons with 130-106 (72-52). The hosts dominated the first half, scoring 72 points, and pulled away to a 20-point difference in the second quarter. Hartenstein scored six points and grabbed the most rebounds of all players in the game with eleven.

Franz Wagner, on the other hand, still has to wait for his first success with the Orlando Magic. The Florida franchise lost its second game as well, falling to the Atlanta Hawks 98-108 (54-50). In the final phase of the game, Orlando conceded an 0:8 run. Franz Wagner had eight points, seven rebounds and four steals, while his brother Moritz Wagner was again absent due to an ankle injury. For Atlanta, young star Trae Young scored each of his 25 points after the break.

Jokic outduels Curry

The Denver Nuggets snatched a 128-123 (70-52) away win at the Golden State Warriors to inflict the reigning champions’ first loss of the season. Nuggets star Nikola Jokic posted the 77th triple-double of his NBA career with 26 points, 12 rebounds and ten assists, edging out Warriors superstar Stephen Curry (34 points).

Ja Morant led the Memphis Grizzlies to a 129-122 (62-70) win at the Houston Rockets. Morant scored 19 points in the third quarter alone as the 23-year-old hit his first seven shots from the field. The Indiana Pacers lost 134-137 to the San Antonio Spurs without Daniel Theis, who was not considered.

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