Orlando: Rookie duel goes to Franz Wagner

Franz Wagner led the Orlando Magic to their tenth win of the season in the NBA against the Detroit Pistons. Things didn’t go so well for Dennis Schröder and Isaiah Hartenstein.

Two out of 24 points: Orlando’s Franz Wagner (right) was the best thrower against Detroit.

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Wagner was the best scorer of the game in the 119:103 (67:51) against Detroit on Friday evening with 24 points – and also won the duel between the two best rookie players against Cade Cunningham. Picked first by the Pistons preseason, Cunningham missed his first 11 shots of the game and ended up with just eight points. Moritz Wagner contributed two points, rebounds and assists for Orlando from the bench.

Schröder only comes from the bank

The Boston Celtics with Dennis Schröder lost to the Atlanta Hawks 92:108. Schröder came off the bench and converted just one shot for two points, and he also had three assists and three rebounds. It was a sixth straight win for the Hawks, led by All-Star Trae Young.

The Los Angeles Clippers with Isaiah Hartenstein suffered a 114:121 loss at the Miami Heat. Hartenstein scored eight points.

While the Heat (32-17) lead the Eastern Conference, the Phoenix Suns (39-9) are the best team in the West and the league. The 134-124 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves was the Suns’ ninth straight win.

Triple-double for Jokic and Morant

Nikola Jokic led the Denver Nuggets (27-21) to a 116-105 win in New Orleans (18-30) and boasted a triple-double (29/13/10), which Ja Morant (30/10/10) also 10) 119-109 for the Memphis Grizzlies (34-17) against the still weakening Utah Jazz (30-20, tenth loss in the last twelve games).

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