Four games were on the program in the NBA on Sunday night (CET). Among others, the Wagner brothers played very strongly and brought the Bucks around Giannis Antetokounmpo to their knees
The Orlando Magic managed their fifth win of the season in the ninth game of the season. And they did so against none other than the 2021 champions, as the Milwaukee Bucks with top star Giannis Antetokounmpo were their guests. The Greek player was also the game’s top scorer with 35 points (plus ten rebounds and seven assists), but that was not enough.
The Magic were once again able to rely on the strong Wagner brothers, who have carried their momentum from the World Cup into the new season so far. Franz contributed 24 points and was only topped by Paolo Banchero (26 points, twelve rebounds, five assists). Brother Moritz came off the bench as usual and scored a strong 19 points.
The visitors were naturally very frustrated after the 97:112 defeat. “Sometimes you have to put your foot on the line and hold your body out. Then get the contact and make it easier for the defense. We didn’t do that in the last two games,” said Antetokounmpo after the game, bemoaning the Magic’s 35 free throws (30 of which were made) and wishing he had drawn the odd offensive foul. “At the moment, it feels like we’re stagnating.” Milwaukee, like Orlando, has five wins and four losses
Bam lets it rip – Curry’s 30 aren’t enough
What else was going on in the NBA? Miami, for example, recorded a 117-109 away win in Atlanta. Bam Adebayo really let it rip, scoring 25 points and grabbing a whopping 17 rebounds. He was only surpassed by Hawks point guard Trae Young, who scored 27 points.
The Golden State Warriors suffered a somewhat surprising defeat (110:118) against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even Steph Curry’s 30 points didn’t help in the end. The Cavs were able to rely on fairly balanced scoring, with all players in the starting five scoring double-digit points. Caris LeVert also scored 22 points coming off the bench.
Boston also ran out clear 117:94 winners against the Toronto Raptors. Dennis Schröder had a rather quiet evening for the Canadians by his standards, scoring “only” 14 points and dishing out four assists. Boston’s Jayson Tatum (27 points), Kristaps Prozingis (21) and Jaylen Brown (29) delivered a decent performance