A mate in the final moments of Serge Ibaka has decided the tight Toronto Toronto Raptors win over Atlanta Hawks (104-101), while the brothers Hernangómez have been heads and tails, Willy with defeat of his Hornets before Los Angeles Clippers (128-109) and Juancho with victory of his Nuggets in Miami (99-103).
The Raptors, again leaders of the Eastern Conference in their close fight with Milwaukee Bucks, they raised the best balance of the entire NBA to 31-12 after chaining their third straight victory against a theoretically affordable opponent (12-28), but who planted a lot of battle at the Scotiabank Arena.
In fact, the match was always very close and it was not decided until the last minute thanks to two great defensive actions of Kawhi Leonard. In the first he stole the ball and launched a counterattack that ended Ibaka with a mate with 17 seconds left (102-101). In the second, he perfectly defended the penetration of Trae Young and finalized the last option of Atlanta.
The local star finished the duel with 31 points and a whopping 6 steals, again demonstrating why he has been chosen best defender of the NBA on two occasions. On the other hand, Ibaka contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 32 minutes, while John Collins (21 and 14 rebounds) was the best visitor.
The Nuggets remain in front of the West after their tight victory in Miami, where the imposing figure of Nikola Jokic, author of a new 'triple-double' (29, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) and also the decisive basket again emerged. . For his part, Juancho Hernangómez continues to lose prominence and barely played 9 minutes as a substitute.
Almost 14 minutes played his brother Willy, who contributed 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the clear defeat of Charlotte at the Staples Center. Lou Williams (27 and 10 assists) was the executioner of the Hornets, who despite their negative balance (19-21) close the posts of 'playoffs' in the East.
Statistics of Spanish players:
Serge Ibaka: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.
Willy Hernangómez: 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Juancho Hernangómez: 1 bounce