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Dennis Schroder’s Historic Performance Guides Germany to Group Stage Victory over Australia

Dennis Schroder’s historic performance today propelled Germany to secure their second consecutive victory in the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The team managed to clinch a closely contested 85-82 win over Australia.

His outstanding play earned him the TCL Player of the Game award as he became only the second German player, after Dirk Nowitzki (3 games), to achieve a 30+ point performance in a FIBA World Cup game.

Remarkably, Nowitzki, who achieved this feat, was present at the event along with Jorge Garbajosa. This marked Schroder’s first 30+ point game in his role as a point guard.

The Toronto Raptors guard’s contribution has been instrumental in Germany’s impressive streak of 5 consecutive victories at the FIBA World Cup, matching their best winning run in the competition, which was also achieved in 1994.

Also, Schroder’s historic performance overshadowed the historic showing of Mills, who led the Australian team with 21 points, propelling him to the second position in the Boomers’ all-time World Cup scoring leaders.

Unfortunately, Franz Wagner, another key figure for Germany, was sidelined due to an ankle injury. The turning point emerged when Germany initiated a 10-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter, setting the stage for their triumph.

Maodo Lo, who displayed exceptional prowess in the final tally, contributed 20 points to Germany’s cause.

Conversely, Patty Mills showcased his finest form for Australia, delivering a noteworthy performance with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Notably, Mills managed to accumulate a minimum of 10 points in each of his 16 games at the World Cup. This streak is exceeded only by Pau Gasol (24) and Dirk Nowitzki (18). 

In their upcoming First Round matchup on Tuesday, Germany is set to conclude their group games with a face-off against Finland, while Australia will be pitted against hosts Japan.

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