The spanish players they had a good day in the NBA, with only the defeat of Juancho Hernangómez with Denver Nuggets and special mention in the individual for the Hispanic-Congolese Serge Ibaka, who left the best numbers with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the clear victory of Toronto Raptors against Atlanta Hawks (130-114) , where he was injured again Marc Gasol.
Even without digesting the death on Sunday of Kobe Bryant, the best league in the world tries to return to normal and lived one day with eight meetings and with the Derby between Lakers and Clippers postponed For the tragic news.
At the Scotiabank Arena, the Raptors showed that they are at their best of the season, no injured key players, and added their eighth straight win against Atlanta Hawks by 130-114 to follow the trail in East Milwaukee Bucks.
The current champions barely had problems in a game that they almost always controlled thanks to their offensive power led by Ibaka, infallible in the shot of two (7/7) and that was the best despite leaving from the bench, and 24 points also from Cameroon Pascal Siakam.
In addition, four other players in the Canadian franchise signed ten or more points, including Marc Gasol, although the Catalan pivot had to retire in the third quarter and could face again a period of low on the courts. Before that he had left 10 points to his credit.
For its part, Phoenix Suns, team of Ricky Rubio, also took a clear victory by 104-133 in the visit to the Dallas Mavericks court, where Slovenian Luka Doncic was too alone (21 points and 6 rebounds).
The base of El Masnou, meanwhile, neither shined in excess with six points and only five pitches attempted, although he distributed seven assists and captured six rebounds for a team where Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton combined to sign 63 points (32 and 31 respectively).
As to the Hernangómez brothers, the good news was played by the eldest, Willy, who signed a good game in the tight victory of Charlotte Hornets 97-92 against New York Knicks. The Madrid pivot enjoyed almost 20 minutes where he contributed a valuable ‘double-double’ with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Things were no better for Juancho with Denver Nuggets. The power forward was able to play 17 minutes, but he was the only one of the Spaniards who did not achieve victory on the day by falling on the field of Memphis Grizzlies 104-96, with five points and three rebounds from Madrid.
Spanish player statistics
Serge Ibaka: 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals.
Marc Gasol: 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 caps.
Ricky Rubio: 5 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.
Willy Hernangómez: 12 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.
Juancho Hernangómez: 5 points and 3 rebounds.