The Orlando Magic around the German brothers Franz and Moritz Wagner have achieved an important victory in the North American basketball league NBA. However, Franz Wagner injured his left ankle during the 117:106 win of the Magic on Friday evening (local time) at the Charlotte Hornets.
The 21-year-old national player did not return to the field after the half-time break. He scored nine points in the first half. His brother Moritz recorded 13 points, six rebounds and two ball wins. The best Magic pitcher was Paolo Banchero with 31 points.
The Magic remain 13th in the Eastern Conference after the win and maintained their small playoff chances. To reach the crucial stage in the championship race, Orlando would need a winning streak in the final quarter of the season. For a month, a win in the next game was always followed by a loss.
Knicks with eighth win in a row
The New York Knicks with the German center Isaiah Hartenstein are much more consistent and on a direct playoff course. With 122:120 at the Miami Heat, the Knicks achieved their eighth win in a row. Julius Randle shone with 43 points and in the last second countered Miami's Tyler Herro with a wild three-pointer shot. Hartenstein contributed four points and four rebounds to the success, but had a significant share in the victory beyond the statistics. With him on the field, the Knicks scored 22 points more than the Heat.
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a setback in the fight for the playoffs. The team, which has been without star player LeBron James for three weeks, lost 102-110 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The German national team captain Dennis Schröder gave a strong twelve assists, but hit only three of his 13 throws for six points.
At the top of the Western Conference, table leader Denver Nuggets continued to pull away with a 113:97 against pursuers Memphis Grizzlies. In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics failed to return to the top. Boston gave up a 28-point lead against the Brooklyn Nets and lost 105:115. The Nets managed the biggest comeback of this NBA season in one game.