US sports compact in NFL, NBA, NHL: Wagner can’t stop Doncic

US-Sport compact
Wagner can’t stop Doncic

While most Europeans are asleep, the North American professional leagues are buzzing. What Happened That Night in American Football, Basketball, and Ice Hockey.

Basketball: Lakers get first win of the season

Thanks to a strong final quarter by the Dallas Mavericks and another outstanding Luka Doncic, national basketball player Maxi Kleber won the German NBA duel with Franz Wagner. The Orlando Magic led for long stretches of the first three quarters, but then gave up the game and lost 105:114 in Dallas. The Los Angeles Lakers got their first win of the season at the sixth attempt and beat the Denver Nuggets 121:110.

Mavericks leader Doncic had 44 points Sunday night (local time) and has never had a game with fewer than 32 points this season. He is the leader in the league with an average of 36.7 points per game. Kleber had two points, two rebounds and two assists. Wagner recorded 11 points, four rebounds and two assists for the Magic, who still have to wait for their second win of the season.

A strong final quarter secured the eagerly awaited first win of the season for the Lakers. The team of national team captain Dennis Schröder, who still has his thumb injured, benefited overall from an improved three-way quota. LeBron James was the top scorer of the game with 26 points, Anthony Davis had 23 and Russell Westbrook had 18 points.

Isaiah Hartenstein had 12 points, nine rebounds and one assist for the New York Knicks but was unable to prevent the 108-121 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Football: Defeats for German NFL professionals

The Philadelphia Eagles remain thriving and the only undefeated team in the National Football League (NFL). Led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, who threw four long touchdown passes, the 2018 Super Bowl champion beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 35-13 on Sunday. The Eagles improved their season record to 7-0.

On the other hand, the Sunday games were again unpleasant for the German professionals. Amon-Ra St. Brown was back on the field after suffering a concussion, the wide receiver also caught passes for 69 yards, but he still lost with the Detroit Lions to the Miami Dolphins 27-31. The Lions are at 1:6 wins and are the weakest team in the league.

For Brown’s brother Equanimeous and the Chicago Bears (3:5) there was nothing to get at 29:49 at the Dallas Cowboys. Fullback Jakob Johnson is playing in the biggest disappointment of the season: The Stuttgarter has two wins and five losses with the previously highly traded Las Vegas Raiders after a 0:24 loss at the New Orleans Saints.

The Denver Broncos celebrated their third win of the season in eight games in London that afternoon. Quarterback Russell Wilson led the Broncos to a 21-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.


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