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Dennis Schroder, Maxi Kleber save Germany from defeat with 0.4 lob pass

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 23, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Germany is headed to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China next summer, and one pass from Oklahoma City’s Dennis Schroder to Dallas’ Maxi Kleber put them there.

Germany’s perfect record in qualifying for next summer’s World Cup was in danger, down two points to Israel with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock. Schroder inbounded the ball and threw a perfect alley-oop pass, Kleber curled off a high pick and went to the rim, and the result was a game-tying bucket that forced overtime (where Germany went on to win 110-98).

Give some credit to Germany’s Lucca Staiger in the key — he body-blocked/held and cleared out the Israeli defender in the paint who was there to prevent that specific play.

Schroder finished the game with 30 points and 13 assists, and because of the win we will overlook the seven turnovers and 1-of-9 shooting from three. Kleber finished with 10 points.

Germany is now 8-0 in qualifying and with this win punched its ticket to China.

Israel, at 3-5, is still alive but needs some wins and some help now.