The basketball world champions Franz and Moritz Wagner have achieved another victory after four defeats in a row in the NBA.
The pair of brothers won with the Orlando Magic 117:110 (73:60) at the Indiana Pacers and stopped the team's longest negative streak this season. With the 17th win in the 28th game of the season, the Magic defend fourth place in the Eastern Conference in the North American league.
The Magic scored 73 points in the first half and were in the lead for most of the second quarter, but with six and a half minutes to play, Indiana cut the lead to 101:102. Then the guests responded with a 9-2 run. Franz Wagner scored nine of his 24 points in the final period, Moritz Wagner scored nine points.
Home defeat for Schröder
Dennis Schröder, however, is still not getting going with the Toronto Raptors. With 119:126 (71:55), the team from Canada lost at home against the Utah Jazz and suffered their eighth defeat in the last ten games. This leaves the Raptors out of the playoff spots.
The decisive factor was the fourth quarter, which the hosts clearly lost 21:41. Schröder scored eleven points and seven assists, and in the last five games the world champion has remained well below his season average with an average of 8.6 points.
After four defeats in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers were successful again, with the team around superstar LeBron James winning 129:120 (71:59) at the Oklahoma City Thunder. With 40 points, James set a personal best of the season. Thanks to eleven points in the last four and a half minutes of the game, the 38-year-old secured the Lakers their 16th success in the 30th game of the season.
The Detroit Pistons suffered their 26th defeat in a row with a score of 115:126 (56:65) at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets. In doing so, they equaled the NBA negative record held by the Cleveland Cavaliers (2010/11) and the Philadelphia 76ers (2013/14). This season, Detroit has only won twice in 29 games.