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HIGHLIGHTS: USA vs Germany – FIBA World Cup 2023 semifinals

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HIGHLIGHTS: USA vs Germany – FIBA World Cup 2023 semifinals


Two longtime basketball powerhouses chase a FIBA World Cup knockout final spot, with all-NBA USA seeking to hand streaking Germany its first tournament loss at the worst possible time

It will be an all-European finale as Germany stunned the all-NBA USA squad, 113-111, to march to the FIBA World Cup finals. 

Andreas Obst unloaded 24 points, Franz Wagner added 22 points, and Daniel Theis also pumped in 21 to power the Germans.

Germany will fight for the crown versus Serbia, which dispatched a similarly star-studded Canada crew in the other semifinal pairing. 

USA and Canada will dispute the bronze on Sunday, September 10, at 4:30 pm, just before the Germany-Serbia title showdown at 8:40 pm.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: GERMANY 113, USA 111
  • GERMANY 113-111: Austin Reaves tip-in with just 0.5 seconds left! Timeout USA!
  • GERMANY 113-109: Dennis Schroder with a bucket!
  • GERMANY 111-107: Andreas Obst with a step-back three!
  • GERMANY 108-107: Austin Reaves 2/2 free throws, 1:35 minutes left
  • GERMANY 108-105: Dennis Schroder with a layup but Austin Reaves responds, 2:37 left
  • GERMANY 106-103: USA on a tear as Anthony Edwards knocks in a three with 3:17 minutes to go
  • GERMANY 106-100: Anthony Edwards 1/2 free throws
  • GERMANY 106-99: Austin Reaves three
  • GERMANY 106-96: Anthony Edwards dunk
  • GERMANY 106-94: Johannes Voigtmann spin layup
  • GERMANY 104-94: Daniel Theis mid-range shot
  • GERMANY 102-94: Jaren Jackson, Jr. dunk
  • GERMANY 102-92: Moritz Wagner bailed out by goaltending call on Jaren Jackson, Jr.
  • GERMANY 100-92: Jalen Brunson quick response layup
  • GERMANY 100-90: Dennis Schroder acrobatic layup
  • GERMANY 98-90: Jalen Brunson 2/2 from the line
  • GERMANY 98-88: Mikal Bridges dunk
  • GERMANY 98-86: Franz Wagner layup
  • GERMANY 96-86: Jalen Brunson floater
  • GERMANY 96-84: Andreas Obst gets 2/3 from the line amid MVP chants from the crowd
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: Germany outguns USA, 94-84.
  • GERMANY 94-84: Dennis Schroder mid-range shot
  • GERMANY 92-84: Bobby Portis, Jr. banking floater
  • GERMANY 92-82: Jalen Brunson 2/2 from the line, Moritz Wagner looping three
  • GERMANY 89-80: Andreas Obst on fire, sinks three more off a handoff and screen
  • GERMANY 86-80: Bobby Portis, Jr. corner three
  • GERMANY 86-77: Andreas Obst fallaway mid-range shot
  • GERMANY 84-77: Tyrese Haliburton two free throws
  • GERMANY 84-75: Johannes Theimann putback
  • GERMANY 82-75: Paolo Banchero two free throws, Isaac Bonga three
  • GERMANY 79-73: Josh Hart layup
  • GERMANY 79-71: Andreas Obst scores three from the line
  • GERMANY 76-71: Josh Hart open three
  • GERMANY 76-68: Dennis Schroder three
  • GERMANY 73-68: Andreas Obst layup
  • GERMANY 71-68: Anthony Edwards dunk
  • GERMANY 71-66: Franz Wagner 1/2 free throws, Tyrese Haliburton floater
  • GERMANY 70-64: Franz Wagner steal leading to a eurostep floater. Timeout USA with 7:16 left.
  • GERMANY 68-64: Daniel Theis high-arcing floater
  • GERMANY 66-64: Daniel Theis tip-in
  • 64-all: Jaren Jackson, Jr. two free throws
  • GERMANY 64-62: Franz Wagner corner three
  • USA 62-61: Jaren Jackson, Jr. 2/2 from the line
  • GERMANY 61-60: Daniel Theis short stab
Second quarter
  • TRIVIA: This is the first time ever that both teams have scored 50+ points in the first half of a FIBA World Cup semi-final.
  • HALFTIME: USA leads Germany in a back-and-forth game of runs, 60-59.
  • USA 60-59: Daniel Theis putback
  • USA 60-57: Tyrese Haliburton open three
  • GERMANY 57-57: Anthony Edwards floater
  • GERMANY 57-55: Anthony Edwards driving layup
  • GERMANY 57-53: Johannes Voigtmann turnaround jumper
  • GERMANY 55-53: Daniel Theis three
  • USA 53-52: Paolo Banchero 2/2 from the line
  • GERMANY 52-51: Mikal Bridges contested three
  • GERMANY 52-48: Johannes Voigtmann putback for the 9-0 Germany run. Timeout USA with 3:25 left.
  • GERMANY 50-48: Franz Wagner power layup and flex taunt
  • 48-all: Daniel Theis putback
  • USA 48-46: Dennis Schroder three
  • USA 48-43: Daniel Theis floater, Mikal Bridges three
  • USA 45-41: Jalen Brunson mid-range shot. Timeout Germany with 5:43 left.
  • USA 43-41: Austin Reaves bank layup
  • 41-41: Mikal Bridges and Johannes Thiemann trade twos
  • 39-all: Johannes Thiemann layup
  • USA 39-37: Anthony Edwards three
  • GERMANY 37-36: Moritz Wagner 1/2 from the line, benched due to elbow bleeding
  • 36-all: Franz Wagner and Austin Reaves trade threes
  • 33-all: Anthony Edwards mid-range shot
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: Germany leads USA in a high-scoring affair, 33-31
  • GERMANY 33-31: Franz Wagner 2/2 from the line
  • 31-all: Moritz Wagner and Josh Hart with two free throws each
  • 29-all: Austin Reaves tying three, does the Carmelo Anthony three-point celebration in front of Anthony himself
  • GERMANY 29-26: Josh Hart putback off a missed Tyrese Haliburton three. Timeout Germany with 1:43 left.
  • GERMANY 29-24: Austin Reaves gets on the board with two free throws
  • GERMANY 29-22: Moritz Wager first two points off a layup
  • GERMANY 27-22: Paolo Banchero easy two off the Tyrese Haliburton bounce pass
  • GERMANY 27-20: Johannes Theimann 2/2 from the line
  • GERMANY 25-20: Anthony Edwards ankle-breaker and banking layup
  • GERMANY 25-18: Mikal Bridges three
  • GERMANY 25-15: Dennis Schroder three
  • GERMANY 22-15: Franz Wagner three
  • GERMANY 19-15: Anthony Edwards quick response layup
  • GERMANY 19-13: Daniel Theis reverse layup off stellar ball movement
  • GERMANY 17-13: Jalen Brunson 2/2 from the line, Dennis Schroder 2nd foul with 5:27 left.
  • GERMANY 17-11: Andreas Obst sinks three free throws
  • GERMANY 14-11: Jaren Jackson, Jr. power layup
  • GERMANY 14-9: Franz Wagner poster dunk. Timeout USA with 6:02 left.
  • GERMANY 12-9: Jalen Brunson corner three
  • GERMANY 12-6: Andreas Obst fallaway three
  • GERMANY 9-6: Mikal Bridges 2/2 from the line
  • GERMANY 9-4: Johannes Voigtmann layup plus the foul, missed bonus.
  • GERMANY 7-4: Mikal Bridges fadeaway shot
  • GERMANY 7-2: Franz Wagner two free throws
  • GERMANY 5-2: Daniel Theis dunk off the Dennis Schroder feed
  • GERMANY 3-2: Andreas Obst three
  • USA 2-0: Anthony Edwards crafty reverse layup
  • GERMANY STARTING FIVE: Schroder, F. Wagner, Voigtmann, Obst, Theis
  • USA STARTING FIVE: Edwards, Brunson, Jackson, Bridges, Hart


USA and Germany, two of the most dominant teams so far in the 2023 FIBA World Cup, are set to clash in a blockbuster knockout semifinal at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, September 8, 8:40 pm.

Quietly sitting behind more popular teams still competing in Manila, Germany is actually the lone remaining undefeated World Cup squad with multiple blowouts to its 6-0 tally, largely thanks to its NBA core of Dennis Schroder, Isaac Bonga, Daniel Theis, and the Wagner brothers Moritz and Franz.

The Germans, however, are coming off a telling moment of vulnerability after escaping underdog Latvia with just a two-point quarterfinal win, 81-79, as Schroder crawled to a 9-point finish on a putrid 4-of-26 shooting clip.

Flashes of weakness like those are very much welcome signs for a motivated all-NBA USA squad still eager to overwrite the memory of its stunning 104-110 second-round loss to Lithuania.

Unlike Germany, the USA was in tiptop shape on both ends of the floor in its own quarterfinal tussle, shell-shocking Italy to a 100-63 beatdown.

Anthony Edwards, Austin Reaves, Mikal Bridges, and Tyrese Haliburton are just some of the stars USA head coach Steve Kerr can deploy and rotate on a whim, while everyone else can also contribute in the right situations.

Germany is undefeated, but not invincible. USA is formidable, but not unbeatable. Both have the tools to reach the top, but only one will get that shot.

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