In an electrifying NBA night, Dennis Schröder also made his mark in a new guise. Franz Wagner shone for the Magic against the Bulls, Steph Curry nailed a wild three-pointer in the final second
World champion Dennis Schröder has made a perfect debut for the Brooklyn Nets. The captain of the German national team came up trumps in his new team’s 123:103 (60:48) win against the San Antonio Spurs with 15 points and twelve assists just a few days after signing. “It was great,” enthused Schröder after his first appearance in the black Nets jersey. “The win was of course the most important thing. But the appreciation was also there. “
With three quick assists and two successful long-range shots, Schröder fit in well after coming on as a substitute in the first quarter. Even though the 30-year-old was only signed on Thursday, the native of Braunschweig, who previously played for the Toronto Raptors, set up his teammates very well and was also accurate. Only Cam Thomas (25 points) and Nic Claxton (20) scored more. With 21 wins so far, the Nets can still hope to make the playoffs.
Wagner clearly over 30 again – Curry knocks out the Suns
Franz Wagner also once again showed his extra class for the Orlando Magic. Schröder’s world champion teammate scored 36 points in the 114:108 (101:101, 52:50) win after overtime against the Chicago Bulls and can give his team high hopes of making the playoffs. Brother Moritz scored seven points in a short nine-minute spell with a perfect shooting percentage.
The Dallas Mavericks secured their fourth win in a row with a brilliant 146:111 (71:62) against the Oklahoma City Thunder and set a new franchise record with 47 points in Q1. Alongside superstar Luka Doncic (32 points), Maxi Kleber also impressed with twelve points and just as many rebounds. With 30 wins from 53 games, the Texans are navigating their way to the playoffs.
Without Isaiah Hartenstein, who is still suffering from an injury, the New York Knicks lost 111:125 (58:61) to the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Center Daniel Theis did not play in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 112-106 (49-58) win over the Detroit Pistons. The team from California is the second-best team in the West with 35 wins.
In the highly anticipated clash between Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors won 113-112 against the Phoenix Suns. Curry sank a wild three-pointer in the final second to which the Suns had no answer. Curry scored a total of 30 points with his ninth “from downtown”. The “Dubs” evened their record to 25-25 with the important win and improved their prospects of making the playoffs. Phoenix stands at 31-22.