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Franz Wagner, Germany beat France at EuroBasket 2022

To start their EuroBasket 2022 schedule, Germany beat France, 76-63 being the final score.

Dirk Nowitzki was honored before kick-off with a shirt retirement ceremony where his No.14 was hung in the rafters of his homeland. The game started much later than originally planned.

Orlando Magic standout Franz Wagner finished with eight points, three rebounds and three assists in just under 25 minutes of action. He shot 4-7 from the floor and 0-1 from beyond the arc.

The German defense set the tone from the start by containing France to just 13 points in the first period. France failed to reach the 20-point mark until the fourth quarter, and by then Germany had already established a double-digit lead.

There was a significant disparity in scoring efficiency between the two teams. Germany shot 59.4% on two-point baskets against only 43.3% for France. Neither team converted from beyond the arc at a steady pace, which makes Germany’s execution inside the 3-point line all the more important.

Besides not running out of missed shots, Germany did an exceptional job of forcing turnovers. France returned it 17 times, less turnover than double Germany’s total.

Germany was led in the scoring department by its non-NBA standouts in Johannes Thiemann (14), Niels Giffey (13) and Maodo Lo (13). Dennis Schroder also hit double digits with 11 points, but Daniel Theis (eight) and Wagner were held in single digits.

Former Magic player Evan Fournier struggled to find a rhythm in this game. He finished with just seven points and shot 2-10 from the floor with a pair of turnovers.

Germany will return to action on Saturday, September 3 at 8:20 a.m. (EST) when they take on Bosnia and Herzegovina. The game can be watched in the US using the ESPN+ app.