The Orlando Magic around the German brothers Franz and Moritz Wagner have provided the next surprise victory in the NBA. Despite being 21 points behind, the team still got a 119:109 against the Philadelphia 76ers, who had previously won seven games in a row and are among the best basketball teams in the league. The loss pushed the 76ers from second to third place in the Eastern Conference.
76ers star Joel Embiid was the best pitcher of the game with 30 points, but could not prevent the bankruptcy against the young team from Florida. Moritz Wagner convinced with 22 points from the bank, Franz Wagner came up with 19 points. Paolo Banchero recorded 29 points for the Magic, who recently defeated NBA leaders Boston Celtics.
National team captain Dennis Schröder suffered the next setback with the Los Angeles Lakers. Without the ailing LeBron James and the rested Anthony Davis, the struggling NBA record champion lost 104:121 to the Brooklyn Nets, who still have to do without Kevin Durant. After being 19 points behind, the Lakers took the lead in the third quarter, but then broke apart completely and ultimately had no chance.
Schröder had ten points and only hit 2 of his 15 attempts from open play. The best pitcher of the game was Kyrie Irving with 26 points for the Nets. According to coach Darvin Ham, it should only be clear later in the day whether James will be available to the Lakers again on Wednesday night against the New York Knicks and continue his hunt for the NBA points record. The star has "considerable pain" in his left foot.
Luka Doncic is back on the field with the Dallas Mavericks. The Slovenian had to sit out a game because of a sprained ankle. In the 111:105 against the Detroit Pistons, he immediately excelled again with 53 points.