Basketball: World champion Schröder with a strong NBA debut for Raptors

National team captain Dennis Schröder impressed in his NBA debut for the Toronto Raptors and led his new team to a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Basketball: World champion Schröder with a strong NBA debut for Raptors

National team captain Dennis Schröder impressed in his NBA debut for the Toronto Raptors and led his new team to a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

At 97:94, the world champion was the best player on his team with 22 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds. Since Kawhi Leonard, no Raptors professional scored as many points in his first game for the team as the 30-year-old from Braunschweig. In the second half in particular, Schröder directed the offensive as effectively as he did at the World Cup with Germany on the way to the title. No other player had as many assists as him, which should further ease the skepticism of many Raptors fans, especially before the World Cup.

Wagner brothers also win

His national team teammates Franz and Moritz Wagner also had a good start to the season with the Orlando Magic. In the 116:86 win against the Houston Rockets, Franz Wagner was the game's second best scorer with 19 points, only his teammate Cole Anthony was even more successful with 20 points. Moritz Wagner contributed two points and four rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.

Isaiah Hartenstein and his Knicks lost to the Boston Celtics in an exciting game 104:108 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The German-American had strong scenes in his 26 minutes and, in addition to seven points, also had eight rebounds and two assists, but was unable to prevent the loss of a six-point lead in the last three and a half minutes. Daniel Theis was the only player on his team who did not play in the Indiana Pacers' 143:120 defeat of the Washington Wizards.

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